Clearly, because the Charlotte Knights are embroiled in a bitter battle for the International League playoffs, gilded names like Luis Robert, Zack Collins and Yermín Mercedes couldn’t be called up with expanded rosters. Right?
Well, anyway, the White Sox did make two additions to the roster on Sunday.
Behind door No. 2 is Carson Fulmer. Fulmer had been on the IL since August 3 after suffering a right hamstring strain back on August 2. The young righty was batting during the White Sox’s 15-inning marathon at the Philadelphia Phillies, and of all things, Fuler suffered the injury while running the bases in the 14th. Fulmer, who made two rehab appearances for the Knights before his return to Chicago, was 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 21 games (no starts) and 1.529 WHIP for Charlotte in 2019. With the White Sox, Fulmer is 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 14 games (one start) over five stints this season.
And behind door No. 3 is Manny Bañuelos. The 28-year-old southpaw has been on the IL since June 16, with left shoulder inflammation. He made five rehab appearances (all starts) among the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, Class A Winston-Salem and Charlotte after being transferred to the 60-day injured list on August 6, going 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA and 1.855 WHIP. Bañuelos is 3-4 with a 6.40 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 13 games (eight starts) this season with the White Sox.
What, you would have preferred the donkey?