Soto hitting his way to more playing time

Soto hitting his way to more playing time

CLEVELAND -- According to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers remains the team's starting catcher. But with four homers in his last 11 starts, Geovany Soto has earned more playing time behind the plate.

"Tyler is the starting catcher, so he gets most of the action, but Geo can creep in there and if he's swinging it, you need a little offense, you know, Geo can do that," Ventura said. "He's getting more time. He's played his way into that."

Soto has been paired with Jeff Samardzija this season, just as Flowers has been matched up with Chris Sale. Pitchers have a 3.71 ERA when Flowers catches and a 4.21 ERA when Soto is behind the plate. The two have combined to throw out just 11 of 64 would-be basestealers.

• Infielder Emilio Bonifacio was placed on the bereavement list prior to Thursday's contest at Progressive Field, and the White Sox called up infielder Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte. Under Major League Baseball rules, Bonifacio must remain on the list for a minimum of three games and not more than seven.

Garcia, 24, has a .301 average with 15 doubles, one triple, one home run, 23 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 27 stolen bases over 73 games with Charlotte this season. He has played second base, third base, shortstop, left field, center field and right field for the Knights, after spending the entire 2014 season with the White Sox, hitting .166 over 145 at-bats.

"Offensively has been the biggest adjustment for him," said Ventura of Garcia. "I'm interested in seeing what it looks like. You can look at it on video, but when he gets up here and we see him play and hopefully those reports and adjustments are good and what you would like to see."

• Carson Fulmer, the team's top selection and eighth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, has been promoted to Class A Winston-Salem. The right-hander pitched two scoreless innings Thursday night for the Dash, striking out three and allowing one hit and one walk, after throwing one scoreless innings in his pro debut with the Arizona League White Sox.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.