CHICAGO – Prior to tonight’s game vs. Texas, the Chicago White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 24) with a right posterior shoulder strain and recalled right-hander Deunte (dee-ON-tay) Heath from Class AAA Charlotte.
Heath, 26, is 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA (8 ER/42.1 IP), one save and 46 strikeouts in 22 games (three starts) with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has limited opponents to a .199 (31-156) average with a 4.6:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (10 walks). His ERA was 1.88 or lower each month this season.
Heath’s last two appearances were as a starter when he threw 4.0 IP each on June 24 at Rochester and June 29 at Pawtucket.
Heath, who was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on April 22, 2010, will wear uniform No. 60. He has no major-league experience.
Crain, who turns 31 tomorrow, is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA (6 ER/22.2 IP), five holds and 28 strikeouts in 24 games with the White Sox this season. He also was on the disabled list from April 27-May 14 with a strained right oblique.
With the moves, the White Sox have 10 rookies on their 25-man roster, including eight of the 12 pitchers.