The Chicago White Sox will open their season on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, and the club announced the 25 players who will be in the dugout and on the field for the big game.
Highlighting the list is rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who just signed a lucrative contract with the team. Instead of being sent to the minors in an effort to secure an extra year of contractual control, the team will have him in the Opening Day lineup as he looks to get his big league career off to a rollicking start.
Outfielder Ryan Cordell also made the team’s roster, but outfielder Brandon Guyer did not. The team did end up retaining Guyer with a minor league contract, but he will not be on the big league club to begin the campaign.
The White Sox ended up keeping two catchers, as Welington Castillo and James McCann made the cut, and six infielders, including Jose Rondon and Yolmer Sanchez.
Ian Hamilton, Jon Jay, and Michael Kopech will all begin the 2019 season on the Injured List.
Here is the team’s full roster:
Pitchers: Manny Banuelos, Ryan Burr, Alex Colome, Dylan Covey, Caleb Frare, Jace Fry, Lucas Giolito, Kelvin Herrera, Nate Jones, Reynaldo Lopez, Ivan Nova, Carlos Rodon
Catchers: Welington Castillo, James McCann
Infielders: Jose Abreu, Yonder Alonso, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Jose Rondon, Yolmer Sanchez
Outfielders: Ryan Cordell, Adam Engel, Leury Garcia, Eloy Jimenez, Daniel Palka
The White Sox will open the season with a three-game series in Kansas City, followed by a quick two game series against the Cleveland Indians. Their home opener will be played on April 4 against the Seattle Mariners.