White Sox finalize Opening Day roster

White Sox finalize Opening Day roster

MILWAUKEE -- Final rosters don't have to officially be in until Sunday morning, but the Chicago White Sox have their Opening Day roster set barring an unforeseen move.

Manager Rick Renteria announced Saturday that infielder Matt Davidson, infielder/outfielder Cody Asche and catcher Geovany Soto will break with the club, with right-handers Michael Ynoa, Anthony Swarzak and Dylan Covey rounding out the bullpen.

Soto, Swarzak and Asche are non-roster invitees who made the club.

Asche, who can provide coverage for the White Sox at third base, first base, designated hitter and the corner outfield spots, earned his way onto the roster by hitting .289 with four home runs and nine RBIs entering Chicago's exhibition finale Saturday.

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The 26-year-old is a career .240 hitter with 31 home runs and 125 RBI in 371 games over four seasons with Philadelphia.

"He's a professional hitter," Renteria said. "He's another [player] who has some experience under his belt. He's had some good at-bats over the spring. Obviously, he's been in the big leagues before."

Soto, who played in 78 games for the White Sox in 2015 before spending last season with the Angels, will share catching duties with the left-handed hitting Omar-Narvaez.

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With the roster finalized, the Opening Day lineup will likely feature an infield of Todd Frazier at third base, Tim Anderson at shortstop, Tyler Saladino at second base and Jose Abreu at first base.

Melky Cabrera will play left field with Jacob May in center field and Avisail Garcia in right field.

Infielders Yolmer Sanchez and Leury Garcia also will be on the Opening Day roster.

The White Sox will begin the season with a starting rotation of Jose Quintana, James Shields, Derek Holland and Miguel Gonzalez.

With Carlos Rodon beginning the season on the disabled list, either Swarzak or Covey will be Chicago's fifth starter. Because of two early off-days, the White Sox won't likely need a fifth starter until April 17.

Swarzek carries a 4.52 ERA in 217 career games with 32 starts over seven seasons with the Twins, Indians and Yankees. Covey has yet to pitch above Double-A.

"We're still working the details out," Renteria said. "We still have a little bit of time. We've been stretching them out. They've been doing a little extra in the pen after their initial work. Then we'll get to determining exactly what we are going to do with those guys moving forward."

Joining Swarzak and Covey in the bullpen to start the season will be right-handers David Robertson, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, Nate Jones and Ynoa and left-hander Dan Jennings.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.