Wichita State’s representation in the Major League Baseball is down to two.
The emergence of rookie Tyler Saladino has made former Wichita State star Conor Gillaspie expendable, at least for now. Chicago is finishing up a demanding series against Kansas City on Sunday and it needed help in the bullpen.
The Chicago White Sox designated Gillaspie for assignment on Sunday, which means he will either be returned to the team’s 40-man roster within 10 days or waived, traded, released or sent to the minors.
This move happened one day after he turned 28.
Gillaspie hasn’t started at third base since July 9. He is hitting .237 with three home runs in 58 games. In six seasons with the Giants and White Sox, he has started 284 games and is hitting .258.
That leaves infielder Dusty Coleman of Kansas City and the Twins’ Mike Pelfrey as the only Shockers in the bigs.