White Sox optioned LHP Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte; optioned OFs Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson to Double-A Birmingham.
Leesman pitched well at Triple-A last year and will be around again this season to make spot starts as needed. Thompson batted just .229/.321/.383 last season in Double-A, but the White Sox weren't ready to give up on his tools and added him to the 40-man roster.
Jeremy Hellickson (elbow), expected to return in May, has been given a new timetable that includes a June 1 target date.
Tampa Bay Times
Hellickson had been shooting for a mid-May return, but now says late-May is his "best-case scenario." He's coming off a long-tossing session Wednesday that "felt really good." Hellickson, the Rookie of the Year award winner in 2011, underwent arthroscopic surgery last month to remove "loose bodies" from his elbow. Jake Odorizzi is the favorite to fill the No. 5 spot until he returns. AL-only owners will want to file his name.