Chicago White Sox: Blake Tekotte

White Sox send McDade, Tekotte to Triple-A

December, 6, 2013
12/06/13
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have outrighted infielder Mike McDade and outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tekotte hit .226 with one home run and two RBIs in 20 games over three stints with the White Sox last season. He also batted .236 in 76 games with Charlotte.

McDade split last season between Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate Columbus and Charlotte, hitting a combined .250 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs over 115 games. He was claimed by Chicago off waivers May 7.

The moves announced Friday put the White Sox's 40-man roster at 37.

Quick move as Sox call up Leury Garcia

August, 22, 2013
8/22/13
1:30
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RangersAP Photo/Elaine ThompsonLeury Garcia gives the Sox plenty of speed and some flexibility in the lineup.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox announced Thursday that speedy infielder Leury Garcia was being called up to the major league club and was available to play against the Kansas City Royals.

Acquired Aug. 9 as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Alex Rios to the Texas Rangers, the 22-year-old Garcia has 25 games of major league experience, all earlier this season with the Rangers. He played in eight games at Triple-A Charlotte after he was acquired.

The White Sox opened a roster spot after Wednesday's game at Kansas City when outfielder Blake Tekotte was optioned back to Charlotte.

Void of team speed, the White Sox have that now in Garcia, who was considered by Baseball America at the start of the season to possess the best speed in the Rangers' system. The same publication also said Garcia had the best infield arm among farm hands.

The 5-foot-7, 160-pounder batted just .192 (10-for-52) in his brief early-season stint with the Rangers, scoring eight runs. He made nine of his 11 starts with the Rangers at second base, but has played 402 of his 483 minor league games at shortstop and has some center field experience as well. He had 158 steals in the minor leagues.

Garcia, who will wear uniform No. 28 with the White Sox, has been successful on 78.6 percent of his steal attempts in the minor leagues and stole at least 30 bases in each of his previous three seasons, including 51 steals in 2010.

Garcia and Rios are poised to square off on opposing sides this weekend, when the Rangers arrive at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday to open a three-game series. The Rangers’ A.J. Pierzynski will also be making his return to the South Side.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Twins 4

August, 10, 2013
8/10/13
6:38
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak against the Minnesota Twins with a 5-4 victory Saturday.

How it happened: The White Sox overcame a rocky third inning in which the Twins scored four times, and won for just the third time this season against their division rival. Chicago rallied in the sixth inning, tying the game on Blake Tekotte’s sacrifice fly and going ahead on an RBI single from Conor Gillaspie. Andre Rienzo started, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings, while four relievers locked down the victory, capped by Addison Reed’s 28th save. The White Sox won it when Alejandro De Aza hauled in Oswaldo Arcia's drive at the base of the left-field wall.

What it means: While there remains plenty to like about Rienzo, his home debut lacked polish as the rookie right-hander walked five in his 5 1/3 innings of work. He was tagged with a pair of long fourth-inning home runs from Justin Morneau (three-run shot) and Arcia. The right-hander still has a respectable 2.95 ERA in the first three outings of his career, but he also has 11 walks in 18 1/3 innings.

Outside the box: By beating the Twins, the White Sox now have their 20th victory since May 26. That was the day they completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins to even their record at 24-24. The problem is Chicago has lost 47 times since then, and its .299 win percentage since that date is the worst in baseball.

Offbeat: The 5 o’clock hour struck again at U.S. Cellular Field as the setting sun caused some problems. It's long been considered a tough hour to play at U.S. Cellular Field, and the left fielders of both teams had trouble a half-inning apart. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Arcia fought the sun to catch an Alexei Ramirez line drive and prevent the White Sox from building their lead. In the top of the seventh, Tekotte moved to his left on a ball that ended up being well over his head and off the wall for an Arcia double.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the four-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: Twins 3, White Sox 2

August, 9, 2013
8/09/13
10:30
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox were swept in Friday's day/night doubleheader, losing 3-2 in the finale after falling 7-5 in the opener.

How it happened: Charlie Leesman was both erratic and effective in his major league debut, walking five, while holding the Twins to one run on four hits. Leesman, who pitched into the sixth inning, struck out eight. Alexei Ramirez and Blake Tekotte each hit home runs to give the White Sox a lead, but the Twins tied it in the eighth on Josh Willingham's home run off Matt Lindstrom and Oswaldo Arcia put the Twins ahead in the 10th on a home run against Dylan Axelrod.

What it means: The White Sox are excited about their pitching moving forward, and a lot of that uplifting feeling has to do with the pitching talent in the minor leagues. Andre Rienzo has already been impressive in two starts and now Leesman has shown what he is capable of doing. Even more promising is that Triple-A Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson is probably ranked higher than Leesman in the system, but he didn't get the call Friday because he is just getting back from a groin injury.

Outside the box: After not hitting a home run since the second game of the season, Ramirez hit one in each game of the doubleheader. He became the first White Sox player to hit one in both games of a twinbill since Magglio Ordonez did the same in 1999.

Off beat: New White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, called up earlier in the day, arrived in the dugout in the fifth inning. There were handshakes and hugs as he met his new teammates. The White Sox were hopeful Garcia might start in the second game of Friday's doubleheader, but his plane didn't land at O'Hare International Airport until 6 p.m. and traffic prevented him from arriving in time for the 7:10 p.m. start. Manager Robin Ventura said he plans on starting Garcia in the outfield Saturday. In two trips to the plate after entering late in the game as a pinch hitter, he struck out and was hit by a pitch.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38 ERA) to the mound Saturday for his third career start and first one at home. The Twins will counter with right-hander Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) in the 3:05 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

White Sox add Tekotte, Leesman

August, 9, 2013
8/09/13
11:47
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CHICAGO – The White Sox made two roster moves in advance of Friday’s day/night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, recalling outfielder Blake Tekotte and purchasing the contract of Charlie Leesman.

Tekotte takes the roster spot of Casper Wells, who was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Philadelphia Phillies. He is in his third stint with the White Sox this season, going 5-for-20 (.250) with three runs scored in 16 previous games.

The White Sox have newly-acquired outfielder Avisail Garcia dominating in his initial handful of games at Triple-A Charlotte

Per the latest collective bargaining agreement, teams can carry 26 players for scheduled day/night doubleheaders and Leesman will take that extra spot.

The left-hander started the season on the disabled list following surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament tear, but returned to go 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA over 13 starts (seven quality) at Triple-A Charlotte.

Leesman, who was in consideration for a call-up last season, led the International League in 2012 with a 2.47 mark. The Cincinnati native and former 11th-round draft pick in 2008, will wear uniform No. 61 with the White Sox.

Catcher Josh Phegley to get his chance

July, 5, 2013
7/05/13
10:54
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CHICAGO -- Even before the first Chicago White Sox trade has gone down, the team has started the retooling process with the move Friday to call up catching prospect Josh Phegley.

"He's here to play," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's earned the right to come up. You get him in there as quick as you can, get their feet wet tonight, and he's used to catching (Dylan) Axelrod, so it's a natural fit."

In addition to Phegley being recalled, catcher Hector Gimenez was designated for assignment. Outfielder Blake Tekotte was also called up. He will replace Jordan Danks, who was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday.

The move to call up the 25-year-old Phegley means he will miss his opportunity to play in the July 14 Futures Game in New York, not that the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder will mind. He also will miss his chance to play in the July 17 Triple-A All-Star Game.

Phegley said he hadn't been thinking about getting called up.

"You're putting together a good year and I was just concentrating on helping those guys over there," he said. "I couldn't really think about doing things up here. It's definitely not the same level, though. It is the same game, though, same mindset, carry that over the same approach."

The former 38th overall pick in the 2009 draft was batting .316 with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs at Triple-A Charlotte. Known more for his offense than his defense after he was drafted out of Indiana, Phegley won a minor league Gold Glove Award last season.

In 2010, Phegley suffered from a rare autoimmune disorder that caused him to have lowered blood-platelet levels. The potential for internal bleeding was the biggest concern, but the issue was reversed when doctors removed Phegley's spleen.

White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has stumbled in his first full season behind the plate as the replacement for A.J. Pierzynski. Flowers is batting just .208 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs this year, but he has done a solid job working with the pitching staff.

Now comes the challenge for the White Sox: how to find playing time for both Flowers and Phegley.

The simple idea would be to have one catch while putting the other in the designated-hitter spot each night since Paul Konerko is on the disabled list. But because the team will be carrying only two catchers, that scenario doesn't seem likely.

It seems more likely that Phegley will receive the bulk of the catching chances in the early going while Flowers is reduced to a backup role, though he's expected to play more than Gimenez did.

"They're sharing it," Ventura said. "Flo will get some playing time. This is baseball. You have to be a good teammate, but he's here playing, he's still going to be playing."

Phegley doesn't expect any issues with the platoon.

"I've had a good working relationship with Tyler," Phegley said. "From my first big league camp until now, he's helped me along. He's already come up to me and told he anything I need he'll help me."

Trade puts light back on Mitchell

April, 30, 2013
4/30/13
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's need to pay cash for a backup outfielder Monday brings to light all of the issues that have continued to torment highly-regarded prospect Jared Mitchell.

The former first-round draft pick, whom the White Sox continue to hold in high regard, can't seem to catch a break and the White Sox's acquisition of Casper Wells from the Oakland Athletics on Monday only seems to highlight that.

The early-season injury to Dayan Viciedo, and the fact that the team started the season with only four outfielders, has brought the White Sox's major-league ready depth into focus. On the lower levels, the White Sox have some of the most impressive outfield talent around, but when it comes to players who can jump into the major leagues now, it isn't nearly as strong.

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White Sox option Blake Tekotte to Triple-A

April, 28, 2013
4/28/13
6:22
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CHICAGO -- Following today’s game versus the Tampa Bay Rays, the Chicago White Sox optioned outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tekotte, 25, appeared in three games (one start) with the White Sox this season after being recalled from Charlotte on April 20, going 0-2 with a walk.

The White Sox will make a corresponding roster move prior to Tuesday night’s game at Texas.

Dayan Viciedo to DL with left oblique strain

April, 20, 2013
4/20/13
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CHICAGO -- As expected, the Chicago White Sox put outfielder Dayan Viciedo on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Charlotte.

Viciedo was diagnosed with a left oblique strain. He injured himself on a swing Thursday night at Toronto and was immediately removed from the game.

“We’re hoping it’s two weeks,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Sometimes, those can be longer. He doesn’t necessarily have a patient or deliberate swing; it’s a violent swing. That’s the other thing. You let him go back out there and swing and it will probably be worse. You see people down for a long time.”

Viciedo continues to insist the injury isn’t serious, although he was wincing in pain immediately after he was removed from Thursday’s game.

“It’s very disappointing, but those are some of the things you can’t control,” Viciedo said through an interpreter. “I’m just going to take it one day at a time, and I’m going to work to get better so I can help the team as soon as possible.”

The power-hitting left fielder was batting .229 with a .417 slugging percentage over his first 14 games, hitting two home runs with five RBIs.

Tekotte, who was acquired in November from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Brandon Kloess, has 30 games of major league experience. The Missouri native was a third-round pick in the 2008 first-year player draft.

“[Tekotte] can run a little bit, so he could be running late, going in defensively, getting a start here and there,” Ventura said. “We’ll just have to move it around and make it work.”

Hahn not ready to tinker just yet

April, 20, 2013
4/20/13
2:39
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CHICAGO -- Without a ton of depth, good health was imperative for the Chicago White Sox, and so far things have gone nothing like the team hoped.

Not only does John Danks continue to recover from last summer’s shoulder surgery, but Dayan Viciedo is now on the disabled list with an oblique strain, joining fellow Opening Day starter Gordon Beckham, who fractured the hamate bone in his left hand/wrist.

In addition to that, utility man Angel Sanchez has already gone to the disabled list, along with reliever Leyson Septimo.

“I don’t remember an April where we’ve had five guys on the DL, but that’s just part of the gig and that’s where we’re at right now,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Fortunately, nothing seems that long term. We expect all of these guys to be back in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, we’ll give some other guys opportunities.

“You’ve seen Conor Gillaspie make the most of his chance to get more regular at-bats, and here’s a chance now for guys like [Jordan] Danks, [Blake] Tekotte and Dewayne Wise to step up and play a larger role.”

While Viciedo was still trying to find his way in the early going, Beckham was off to a solid start before he was injured. Taking advantage of his spot toward the end of the White Sox’s order, Beckham was batting .316 after the first seven days, although he had yet to deliver an extra-base hit.

With Jeff Keppinger moving over to second base, Gillaspie has made the most of his opportunity at third base. He closed out the road trip on an 0-for-6 slide but was still batting .364 with a .485 slugging percentage at the start of play Saturday.

Gillaspie was acquired at the start of spring training as a nod to the club’s lack of depth. The White Sox’s system is not highly regarded by baseball publications, like Baseball America, that monitor the minor leagues.

Hahn was asked whether the injuries and a 7-9 start have tempted to tinker with the roster via trades.

“Given all the injuries, it’s been fairly easy to tinker and scratch that itch, so to speak,” Hahn said. “It certainly is a temptation to explore other options, but it’s way too soon to avert from the plan except when forced to due to injury.

“We’d rather get up to at least 6-8-week sample before you start drawing any sort of long-term conclusions, whether it be the guys who have gotten off to fantastic starts or the guys who have struggled early.”

Health issues haven’t been exclusive to the roster. Pitching coach Don Cooper missed the entire 10-game road trip with a digestive issue that required hospitalization in Washington D.C.

“It wasn’t a good road trip,” Ventura said of his club, which went 3-7 on its three-city swing. “Not only losing players, but you’re losing staff members. But again, it’s part of the game, and you just have to be able to have somebody come in and pick it up and keep going. That’s just part of baseball and being a long season and being able to make it work.”

Sox acquire OF Tekotte from Padres

November, 8, 2012
11/08/12
11:29
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The Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Blake Tekotte from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Brandon Kloess.

The 25-year-old Tekotte has hit .269 with 65 home runs, 242 RBIs and 110 stolen bases over five minor league seasons in the Padres organization. He bats lefty and throws right-handed.

Kloess went 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte last season.

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