Brent Morel among White Sox cuts
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com March 19, 2013 12:24PM
Updated: March 19, 2013 4:46PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brent Morel, the White Sox Opening Day third baseman in 2012 who was attempting to re-establishing his place with the team this spring after coming back from a back injury, was optioned to AAA Charlotte on Tuesday.
The White Sox made four other roster cuts, also optioning right-hander Deunte Heath to Charlotte and re-assigning infielder Carlos Sanchez, right-hander Zach Stewart and left-hander Daniel Moskos to minor-league camp.
“I don’t think there’s really much to say besides it sucks, it’s not what you’re looking for,’’ Morel said.
Morel’s chances of making the team took a hit when the club traded for left-handed hitting Conor Gillaspie early in camp. The Sox were thin on left-handed bats, and Gillaspie has hit .313 in Cactus League games. They also signed free agent Jeff Keppinger during the off-season and pegged him as their third baseman.
Morel, 25, batted .216. His back has felt good, so that has been encouraging.
“I put in a lot of work and feeling healthy again for the first time in a long time,’’ Morel said. “Hopefully it translates. I had a good talk with them. They’re really pleased with my attitude and how I’ve been playing, my health. It’s just one of those things where there’s really not enough room right now. I will do what I can to go down there and play for however long it takes, but show them and everybody else that I’m healthy and playing well and kind of go from there.”
The Sox have 36 players left in major-league camp, including 18 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and six outfielders.