Wednesday, August 7, 2013
White Sox make call to Charlie Leesman
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox will get another peek at the future Friday when left-hander Charlie Leesman makes his major league debut.
The 26-year-old will complete a whirlwind year from a September knee injury that required surgery to being taken off the 40-man roster, and ultimately his return and big-league promotion.
"We've got good reports on Charlie and let's see what we got," said manager Robin Ventura, who admitted that Leesman was being looked at for a promotion at times last year.
That call up never happened and Leesman ultimately suffered a torn ACL that needed surgery. The injury to the former 11th-round pick in 2008 happened during a playoff game for Triple-A Charlotte.
Leesman finally returned to the Knights in May, but while he was rehabbing, he was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot early in the year. The Cincinnati native helped put all the uncertainty behind him in the 13 starts he made at Charlotte.
He has gone 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA and sealed his fate with a solid seven innings against Gwinnett on Saturday, when he gave up just one run on five hits. Last season, he was 12-10 at Charlotte with a 2.47 ERA in 26 starts.
The White Sox will be playing host to a day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. John Danks will get the start in the first game of the day and Leesman will start the finale.