Eldred, Ohka reassigned to Minors camp
First baseman, righty will be on call with Triple-A Charlotte
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Brad Eldred and Tomo Ohka didn't figure to break camp with the White Sox, even though the pair of non-roster invitees have had spurts of success during Spring Training.
Their reassignments to Minor League camp on Wednesday should not come as a surprise. But the White Sox now have two viable options to choose from at Triple-A Charlotte if the situation dictates.
"He's better than what I thought," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Ohka. "He gets people out. He helps. The opportunity to get a job, he earned it."
"Going into camp, I felt that if I played well, I would get an opportunity, no matter where it would be," Eldred added. "But the White Sox are a great organization and that was one of the reasons in the decision. I wanted to be with a good team."
Ohka, who turned 32 on Tuesday, posted a 0.90 ERA over six relief appearances, allowing seven hits in 10 innings. But the White Sox brought him in as a veteran presence for the Knights' rotation.
Eldred hit .176 in 34 at-bats, knocking out two home runs and two triples, but also striking out a team-high 15 times. Eldred will provide some Minor League depth behind Paul Konerko at first base.
Catcher Donny Lucy and left-hander Andrew Sisco were also optioned to Charlotte, leaving the White Sox with 32 players in camp and seven remaining moves.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.