Third to first

• Prior to Tuesday's game against Team USA at Camelback Ranch, the White Sox optioned left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned catcher Michael Blanke, right-handed pitcher Jacob Petricka, infielder Tyler Saladino, catcher Kevan Smith and infielder Andy Wilkins to Minor League camp.

These moves leave the White Sox with 55 players remaining in Major League camp: 28 pitchers, four catchers, 13 infielders and 10 outfielders.

Of the six moves, only Leesman was ranked among the White Sox Top 20 Prospects by at No. 14. Leesman has not thrown in a Cactus League game after undergoing offseason surgery on his left knee, which he injured during the International League playoffs. Leesman finished 12-10 with a 2.47 ERA over 26 starts for Charlotte last season, striking out 103 and walking 52 over 135 innings.

• Matt Thornton made his Cactus League debut with one scoreless inning in Tuesday's 4-4 tie with Team USA. Thornton was bothered early on in camp by triceps soreness but never went off schedule.

• Chris Sale figures to throw three or four innings and between 50 to 70 pitches when he works against Minor Leaguers in camp Wednesday because of the White Sox off-day.

• Infielders Drew Garcia, Dan Black and Daniel Wagner, outfielder Brandon Short and right-handed pitchers Matt Zaleski, Taylor Thompson and Kevin Vance served as extras for Team USA on Tuesday. Black, Wagner, Short, Garcia and Zaleski all got into the game.

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