Gillaspie set to begin rehab assignment

Gillaspie set to begin rehab assignment

CLEVELAND -- Conor Gillaspie begins a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte Sunday in Buffalo and will play two more games with the Knights at home on Monday and Tuesday. The plan is for Gillaspie to return to the White Sox for Wednesday's game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Cubs, barring any setbacks.

Gillaspie went on the disabled list retroactive to April 22 with a left hand contusion. He tested the injury swinging the bat on Friday, but needs to take that test another level higher in game action.

"I haven't actually tested it in a game, but there's only one way to find out," Gillaspie said. "At least the pain is gone, and [I'm] doing everyday things, where it started bothering me a lot, just opening doors and things like that.

"If I rested it, I kind of figured that it would be better than trying to press through it and being miserable for a month or two. Hopefully, everything goes OK and I can get back out there and play."

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