Prior to tonight's series opener at the Angels, the Chicago White Sox will make the following three roster moves:
- Optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Class AAA Charlotte;
- Returned first baseman Justin Morneau from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Birmingham and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list;
- Purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer from Class AA Birmingham.
Morneau, 35, agreed to terms with the White Sox on a one-year contract on June 9 and was placed on the disabled list to continue his recovery from offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow. He appeared in eight games with Charlotte and Birmingham on his rehab assignment.
Morneau, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, is a career .282 (1,550-5,496) hitter with 335 doubles, 241 home runs, 960 RBI and 756 runs scored in 1,487 games over 13 major-league seasons with Minnesota (2003- 13), Pittsburgh (2013) and Colorado (2014-15). From 2005-15, he ranked seventh in the majors among left-handed hitters in doubles (314) and RBI (886) and 13th with 218 homers.
Morneau batted .310 (52-168) with 10 doubles, three homers and 15 RBI in 49 games with the Rockies in 2015 and led the National League with a .319 batting average in 2014.
Fulmer, 22, went 4-9 with a 4.76 ERA (46 ER/87.0 IP) and 90 strikeouts over 17 starts with Birmingham this season. He ranks fourth in the Southern League in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.31) and sixth in strikeouts and limited left-handers to a .212 (31-146) average. Over his last three starts, Fulmer was 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP) and 22 strikeouts, including a streak of 15.0 consecutive scoreless IP from June 26-July 6.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Fulmer, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 Prospect and possessing the Best Curveball in the White Sox organization, threw 1.0 scoreless IP for the United States at the All-Star Futures game last Sunday in San Diego.
Fulmer was selected by Chicago in the first round (eighth overall) of First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University. He is the first player from the 2015 draft to reach the major leagues.
Coats, 26, batted .091 (2-22) with no home runs, no RBI and two runs scored over 11 games with the White Sox after his contract was purchased from Charlotte on June 4.
He hit .335 (55-164) with 13 doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored over 43 games with the Knights this season. Coats was leading the International League in average and ranked third in on-base percentage (.399), slugging percentage (.567) and OPS (.966) at the time of his promotion.
The White Sox 40-man roster is at 40.