How Manny Banuelos affects any White Sox September roster decisions

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Manny Banuelos was activated off the 60-man injured list and joined the White Sox roster on Sunday.

Given Banuelos' 6.90 ERA this season, that won't be big news among Sox fans. However, the move has some implications for the rest of September now that rosters can expand to 40.

Banuelos was joined by Carson Fulmer on the White Sox active roster on Sunday. Both were completing rehab stints in Triple-A Charlotte.

While Banuelos was on the 60-day IL, he didn't count against the 40-man roster. When he was activated, he took the last open spot.

That means if the White Sox want to add any minor leaguers not currently on the 40-man roster for the final few weeks of the season, someone will have to be removed, leaving them free to be claimed by another team.

There are plenty of players on the 40-man roster that White Sox fans likely wouldn't lose sleep over losing for nothing, but it still is an extra step and element to the thought process if Rick Hahn decides to bring up, say, Luis Robert. The same goes for 2018 first-round pick Nick Madrigal and Yermin Mercedes, who has been mashing in Charlotte. None of those players are on the 40-man roster.

Robert, the top-rated White Sox prospect, homered again on Sunday, his 32nd of the season across three levels of the minors, for Charlotte.

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Robert's promotion to the big leagues is a matter of when, not if, but the White Sox have stayed mum on the when. The company line has been to say they will wait until the end of the Knights' season before making their final decision.

It's not even clear when the Knights season will end. Charlotte is currently tied for the wild card playoff berth in the International League with one game left in the regular season. The Knights don't have the tiebreaker (which is head-to-head record) with the Durham Bulls. The Knights need to win and have Durham lose on Labor Day to extend their season.

Whenever the Knights' season ends, Zack Collins, Charlie Tilson, Seby Zavala and even Daniel Palka are a fair bet to join the White Sox since they are on the 40-man roster. If Robert is to join them in Chicago, someone will have to come off the 40-man roster.

 

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How Manny Banuelos affects any White Sox September roster decisions originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago