White Sox place closer Robertson on bereavement list
BALTIMORE (AP) Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson will miss at least three games after being placed on the bereavement list before Thursday's series opener at Baltimore because of the death of his father-in-law.
Robertson leads the AL with eight saves. He has an 0.87 ERA with 13 strikeouts and a .152 (5-33) opponents' batting average.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura said Robertson has known for several days that it would be necessary for him to go on the bereavement list, but he did not want to leave the team short-handed.
''He handled it great,'' Ventura said. ''That's as tough as the news is. He knew he was going to need three days. He was with us for a couple of days. He had already got the news.''
Right-hander Nate Jones, who got his first major league save April 19 against the Angels, could serve as the closer in Robertson's absence. Robertson pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday against Toronto.
''It just depends on where we are at in the lineup and where that matchup goes,'' Ventura said. ''Pretty good possibility it's Nate.''
Chicago recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte. Sanchez batted .224 with five homers, 31 RBI and 40 runs scored in 120 games with the White Sox last season. He was first among AL rookies with 23 doubles.
''They just told me they want me to play every day,'' said Sanchez, who batted .309 with three home runs and nine RBI in 20 games with Charlotte. ''They don't want to keep me here just to be on the bench. They want me to play every day to keep developing my game.''