White Sox rookie Jacob May picked up his second major league hit and third major league RBI on Monday in Kansas City.
Too bad it was the only highlight for the Sox (13-11) in a lackluster 6-1 loss to the Royals, and for now, May's time in the majors is up. He was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.
The outfielder made the club with a torrid spring training, but he had a miserable month of April. He went 2 for 36 with 17 strikeouts in 42 plate appearances. And it wasn't getting any better. Despite the rare hit Monday night, May struck out in six of his eight most recent at-bats.
“He might have been a little overmatched,” Sox manager Rick Renteria told reporters Monday. “That’s just
the bottom line. You want to make excuses for it. Might have been a
little overmatched right now. He had a great spring, showed a lot of
hard work, tenacity, even here going and working with the guys and
trying to get himself back on track, trying to keep his confidence up.
His energy has always been the same. It’s very consistent. He’s done
everything for the work in the field and working with the guys in the
cages and everything else we could have asked of him. He was doing
everything he needed to do. Just things weren’t happening.”
No, they were not, and while it was worth giving May an early-season look, it's clear that he's not ready to play in the majors -- not even in a reserve role. We'll see if he can get back on track in Charlotte.
In the meantime, Willy Garcia has been recalled to take May's place on the 25-man roster.
Garcia, 24, has a slash line of .294/.395/.529 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 18 games with the Knights this season. He was up with the Sox previously from April 14 to 16 while Melky Cabrera was on the paternity list. He appeared in two games and went 2 for 7 with a double.