(CBS) As expected, third baseman Brent Morel and pitcher Zach Stewart were among five White Sox cuts Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.
Morel was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte along with pitcher Deunte Heath, while Stewart, pitcher Daniel Moskos and infielder Carlos Sanchez were reassigned to minor-league camp.
Morel became the odd-man out after the White Sox signed Jeff Keppinger in the offseason and traded for Conor Gillaspie at the start of spring training. It doesn’t appear the White Sox have given up on the one-time hot prospect, however. Last week, general manager Rick Hahn expressed a need for Morel to get at-bats at the Triple-A level now that he’s fully healthy.
“If for whatever reason (Morel) doesn’t make this club, he’d be in Charlotte playing every day and continuing to show us and everybody that he’s healthy and hopefully return back to that form he showed at the end of the 2011 season where not only was he playing great defense, but he was hitting for power and taking walks and was a pretty valuable guy all around at that point,” Hahn told 670TheScore.com.