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Soto's chances of breaking camp as the White Sox's No. 2 catcher increased Wednesday when the team optioned Rob Brantly to Triple-A.

The White Sox began camp with a crowded field for the backup catcher battle, and Soto and George Kottaras are the last two guys standing. Kottaras might have the defensive edge, but Soto has had the far superior spring at the plate (.933 OPS, 4:6 K:BB). A winner should be named sometime in the next week.

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Soto went 1-for-3 with a home run in the White Sox's win over the Reds on Thursday.

The home run was Soto's first of the spring, and he is now hitting .316 through 19 at-bats. Soto may not be the most defensively talented catcher in camp, but he is offering some of the best offensive upside at the moment and the team's pitchers appear to enjoy him as their battery mate. With only a few weeks left to go in spring training, Soto would appear the favorite for the No. 2 catcher slot.

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Manager Robin Ventura has suggested that the White Sox's pitching staff has enjoyed throwing to Soto thus far, the team's official site reports.

Soto is currently in camp on a minor league deal, but there should be nothing stopping him from making the major league roster. Adrian Nieto, who was last year's No. 2 catcher, is likely due for at least a partial season at Triple-A Charlotte, so Soto, as well as George Kottaras, and Rob Brantly are in the running for the role.

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Soto signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports.

A knee injury, suffered late in spring training, cost Soto the entire first half of the 2014 season, and he also missed significant time in the second half with groin, back and thumb issues. When on the field, Soto was largely unproductive, slashing .250/.302/.363 with one home run in 24 games between Texas and Oakland. It seems somewhat difficult to imagine Soto could bump Tyler Flowers from the starting job even with a hot spring, but he will get a chance to compete with the likes of Rob Brantley, Adrian Nieto and George Kottaras for the backup job.

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Soto left Tuesday's AL Wild Card game with a left thumb injury, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Soto got the starting nod over Derek Norris, with manager Bud Black wanting to control the speedy Royals on the basepaths, but Norris was forced into action in the bottom of the third inning. Stephen Vogt is the only other possible catching option on the team's Wild Card roster, but he hasn't manned the backstop since July 7.

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Soto (back) is available to play Tuesday against the Rangers, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

While not in the lineup, Soto will be available off the bench Tuesday, with his back spasms having subsided in recent days. Derek Norris remains the primary option for Oakland but Soto should see at least occasional starts over the remainder of the regular season.

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Soto (back) was reportedly feeling much better Sunday and was available in the case of an emergency, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This is pretty important for the A's, insomuch as Derek Norris has had to shoulder nearly all the catching duties lately and seems to be wearing down. Look for Soto to get back behind the plate in short order to give Norris some rest.

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Soto (back) won't likely be available to catch until Tuesday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Soto left Friday's game with back spasms, and it appears the injury will cost him the remainder of the weekend's series against the Mariners. Derek Norris is taking the catching duties Saturday, and either Norris or Bryan Anderson will likely start behind the plate Sunday.

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Soto left Friday's game with back spasms

For now, Soto is considered day-to-day. Derek Norris may pick up extra playing time behind the plate with John Jaso still recovering from a concussion.

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Soto was traded to the Athletics on Sunday, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.

Eyebrows were raised after the Rangers scratched Soto from Sunday's game due to a non-medical issue, and now it appears there's a good explanation behind the decision. Soto will join an Athletics squad that already has ample catching depth with John Jaso, Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt, but none of those options are as defensively sound as Soto. With his new squad, Soto only figures to see a couple starts a week, and will probably hit too low in the lineup to yield a useful RBI or run count.