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The miracle runs of Seby Zavala and Zack Burdi toward the Opening Day roster have ended

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First man out: On a roster with five catchers on the 40-man, Seby Zavala was the first dispatched to Charlotte.
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On Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox cut 11 players from big-league camp:

  • Catcher Seby Zavala (Triple-A Charlotte)
  • RHRP Zack Burdi, LHSP Bernardo Flores Jr. and OFs Micker Adolfo, Luis Basabe and Blake Rutherford (Double-A Birmingham)
  • RHRPs Tayron Guerrero and Bryan Mitchell, LHRPs Caleb Frare and Kodi Medeiros, and LHSP Matt Tomshaw (unassigned minor-league camp)

No huge surprises. Burdi pitched well but needs a bit of coddling before his shot at the bigs, given a rough recent patch of injury. Zavala got off like gangbusters in camp but simply wasn’t getting any catcher reps in games. Flores Jr. is a solid lefty option with spot-start potential as early as 2020, but needs a full season of health under his belt.

The dropping of three lefties (all relievers, depending on how the White Sox might use Tomshaw in 2020) is a bit surprising, given ... there aren’t many lefties left in camp. Jace Fry is the presumed second southpaw out of the pen behind Aaron Bummer, and he hasn’t pitched to a single batter in games yet, two weeks before the start of the regular season. (Jacob Lindgren, come on down!)

The White Sox now have 49 players remaining in major-league camp: 25 pitchers, five catchers, 11 infielders and eight outfielders.