Although the Chicago White Sox lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Saturday afternoon, there is some good news for Sox fans. With Saturday’s game in the books, Spring Training is officially over and the regular season is set to begin for the White Sox this Monday against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.
Saturday’s Spring Training finale brought the South Siders 2013 spring record to 14-14-4.
The Sox also made their final spring roster moves following their 5-4 loss to the Brewers. Reliever Brian Omogrosso was sent to the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, while catcher Bryan Anderson, infielders Josh Bell and Steve Tolleson and pitchers Jeff Gray and Ramon Troncoso were all reassigned to the Sox minor-league camp. With these six cuts, the Sox Opening Day roster is now set.
Of the players sent down Saturday, Omogrosso is really the only name that stands out. Know mostly for his amazing mustache, the right-handed reliever came into camp battling for one of the last spots in the Sox bullpen. However, with the addition of veteran Matt Lindstrom this offseason, and Jesse Crain being healthy enough to avoid the DL, there wasn’t any room for him. A rookie in 2012, Omogrosso pitched in 17 games for the White Sox and posted a 2.57 ERA. Obviously Triple-A isn’t where the 28-year-old hurler wants to start the 2013 season, but I fully expect him to make his way up to the big leagues at some point this year.
Spring Training is certainly a great time of the year. The weather (usually) begins to warm up, fans are given the opportunity to watch young prospects and you can start to get a feel for your team’s chances for the upcoming season. However, I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m glad Spring Training is over, and the regular season can begin.