White Sox recall Jhan Marinez

KANSAS CITY – Prior to tonight’s game at Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Jhan Marinez (“Yahn ma-REEN-yez”) from Class AAA Charlotte.  Marinez takes the roster spot of right-hander Deunte Heath, who was optioned to Charlotte following last Sunday’s game.

Marinez, 23, is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA (15 ER/43.0 IP) and 47 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances with Charlotte this season.  The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has limited opponents to a .182 (28-154) average, third-lowest among International League relievers, and has thrown 13.0 consecutive scoreless IP over his last six outings.

He entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 7 Prospect in the White Sox organization.  Marinez was acquired from Miami on September 29, 2011 as part of the compensation for the Marlins agreeing to terms with manager Ozzie Guillen.

Marinez is 12-17 with a 3.96 ERA (117 ER/266.0 IP) and 296 strikeouts over seven minor-league seasons.  He pitched in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game and also appeared in four games with the Marlins in 2010, allowing three runs (two earned) over 2.2 IP.

Marinez, who will wear uniform No. 57, is the 11th rookie to appear on the Sox 25-man roster in 2012 and the ninth pitcher.