Tony Campana, who suffered a torn ACL while working out on his own in early February, has been released by the White Sox.
Campana signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox in November and was set to compete for a bench spot as a speedy, defense-first outfielder, but the 29-year-old journeyman is expected to miss the entire season.
This could be the end of the line for Campana, or at least the end of his legitimate chances to stick in the majors, because so much of his value came from speed and defense given his lowly .583 career OPS.
Veteran outfielder Tony Campana, who would have competed for a spot on the White Sox’s bench in spring training, will likely miss the entire season after suffering a torn ACL while working out.
It’s a particularly tough injury for Campana because almost all of his value comes from speed and defense.
He’s a career .249 hitter with one homer and a .583 OPS in 257 games as a big leaguer, but Campana has swiped 66 bases while being caught just nine times and rates well defensively in center field.
Outfielder Tony Campana announced on Twitter that he signed with the White Sox. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish confirms that it’s a minor league deal.
Campana, 28, doesn’t bring a whole lot with the bat — he has a career .584 OPS — but he can play all three outfield positions and he brings a ton of speed with him. In parts of four seasons in the major leagues in which he’s stepped to the plate 477 times, Campana has stolen 66 bases in 75 attempts (88%).