8/31/2014 6:36 P.M. ET
Molina outrighted; roster spot opens up for Rodon
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Nestor Molina was outrighted to Double-A Birmingham on Sunday, meaning the White Sox 40-man roster now sits at 39.
That 39 becomes significant in that a 40-man roster spot exists for Carlos Rodon, the club's top prospect, when rosters expand on Monday. General manager Rick Hahn said the full complement of White Sox moves will be announced Tuesday, with the White Sox having a scheduled day off on Monday.
Rodon, the team's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the third selection overall, has posted a 2.92 ERA over 24 2/3 innings during stops with the club's Arizona Rookie League team, Class A Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte. He has 38 strikeouts, 13 walks and has not allowed a home run.
In his three starts for Charlotte, including a five-inning stint on Saturday, Rodon has fanned 18 over 12 innings. Nothing was promised to Rodon when he was drafted, but the southpaw appears to be following the same path as Chris Sale in 2010, from the Draft to the White Sox bullpen in the same season.
Outfielders Jordan Danks and Jared Mitchell, pitchers Scott Carroll and Chris Bassitt, infielder Marcus Semien and Matt Davidson and catcher Josh Phegley all stand as potential callups for the White Sox.
Wilkins, Snodgress part of White Sox shuffle
CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for Andy Wilkins to get involved in his first Major League game Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. How about just one play in during the White Sox 6-2 victory over the Tigers, helping them split a four-game series with Detroit.
Wilkins caught Rajai Davis' popup at first base on that first play and finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. His one non-strikeout resulted in a long fly ball to right. The left-handed power hitter, who posted a .293 average, 38 doubles, 30 homers, 85 RBIs, 79 runs scored and an .896 OPS in 127 games with Triple-A Charlotte, replaced Adam Dunn on the 40-man and active rosters after Dunn was traded to the A's. Wilkins arrived Saturday night, so his schedule wasn't quite as set as he would have liked.
"I'll be excited to just get into a routine," Wilkins said. "Today was kind of one of those days where it was, I wasn't sure if I was going to be here or not. Sure enough, in the starting lineup. It was an interesting day, but my wife was here, so it was a great day. It's one I'll never forget."
Left-handed reliever Scott Snodgress also had his contract purchased by the White Sox from Charlotte, where the left-hander was working out of the bullpen. Snodgress will continue working in relief during the month of September.
"I'm seriously still waiting to wake up and realize this is all a dream," said Snodgress, 24, who takes the roster spot of Chris Bassitt who was optioned to Charlotte following his start in Saturday night's contest. Bassitt will return when rosters expand to 40 for the final month. "So I'm super excited and looking forward to the opportunity, looking forward to hopefully helping the White Sox win some games."
Snodgress and Wilkins, in particular, will have a chance to prove their future value during this big league September experience.
"I see him kind of sliding into where Dunner was, as far as getting the right-handed at-bats, playing some first base, getting Jose [Abreu] off his feet a few days a week," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Wilkins. "Him and Paulie are going to share in it."
"It's very special, and just looking forward to the next day," Wilkins said. "This one, it's good to have an off day and kind of reflect on it tomorrow."
Third to first
• Alexei Ramirez did not start Sunday's series finale against Detroit. Leury Garcia played shortstop, as Ramirez missed just his second game this season.
• Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games Sunday with a single in the fourth inning. Adam Eaton stretched his hitting streak to seven.
• Dunn had a humorous take on his friendship with White Sox captain Paul Konerko.
"The relationships that you make are going to last longer than when you play. Me and Paul will be friends forever," Dunn said. "He's older, so he'll probably die first. But you can't say any more about him that hasn't already been said."
• Moises Sierra returned from his injury rehab assignment on Sunday, taking the vacated roster spot of Alejandro De Aza, who was traded to the Orioles on Saturday. He pinch-ran for Dayan Viciedo in the seventh and replaced him in left field in the eighth.