CLEVELAND -- After keeping it quiet for a couple days that Angel Sanchez was unavailable with a low back strain, the Sox placed the backup infielder on the 15-day disabled list and called up 29-year-old Tyler Greene from AAA Charlotte.
Greene was released by the Houston Astros on March 26. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Charlie Leesman was designated for assignment.
A first-round draft choice by the Cardinals in 1005, Greene is a career .224 hitter with 16 home runs, 58 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 266 games over four seasons with St. Louis and Houston. He has played all the infield and outfield positions in the majors.
"We know he's a good player,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "He can play infield, a little bit of outfield in an emergency. We'll find out.''
The Sox signed Greene, who was thought to be a candidate for the Astros starting shortstop job going into spring training, to a minor-league deal on April 4.
"It's been an experience the last couple weeks, going through that at the end of spring training,'' said Greene, who batted .265 (9-34) with no homers and four RBI in eight games with Charlotte. "It was the first time I experienced something like that. Kind of a new thing. I was fortunate, thankful to get hooked up with the White Sox and really excited to be up here."
Leesman was 12-10 with a 2.47 ERA for Charlotte in 2012. He hasn't pitched since offseason surgery on his left knee.