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Scott Carroll rejoins the White Sox; Eric Surkamp designated for assignment

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Scott Carroll is brought back to fill the open bullpen spot. Eric Surkamp loses out as he went from the number one lefty to number four over the offseason.

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With several possible options on the 40-man roster to fill in for Matt Albers, the White Sox decided to go outside the 40-man and purchased Scott Carroll's contract from Charlotte.

Carroll was the fifth starter for the White Sox for most of the 2014 season.  Carroll put together a 4.80 ERA / 4.77 FIP in 26 games including 19 starts.  So far this season in Charlotte, Carroll has a 2.45 ERA / 5.30 FIP in three starts.

With the 40-man roster full, the White Sox designated Eric Surkamp for assignment.  He didn't do much better than Carroll last year while working out of the Sox bullpen, 4.81 ERA / 4.82 FIP, but has been struggling this season in Charlotte.  So far, he's walked six and struck out six over 6⅓ innings with a 5.68 ERA / 4.37 FIP.  For much of the 2014 season, Surkamp was the lone lefty in the White Sox bullpen.  However, with the additions of Zach Duke, Dan Jennings, and Carlos Rodon, Surkamp has steadily moved down the lefty depth chart.

The Sox are allowed a 26th man for completion of the Friday's suspended game and today's regularly scheduled game, so the Sox may call up an additional player for today.  With the 40-man at 40 already and Charlotte's pitching staff short-handed now, my guess is that won't happen, but we'll keep you posted.

Update: The Sox do have a 26th man for today.