White Sox OF Andrew Benintendi returns, whiffs as pinch hitter

SEATTLE -- The Chicago White Sox activated outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the 10-day injured list ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners.

Benintendi, who had been sidelined by left Achilles tendinitis, entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning with two outs and the go-ahead runner on third base, but he struck out to end the threat. He stayed in the game to play left field in the bottom half of the inning. The Mariners won 2-1.

Benintendi, 29, made two rehab appearances with the organization's Arizona Complex League affiliate.

He is off to a rough start this year for last-place Chicago, batting .194 with four homers and 18 RBIs.

The White Sox also activated reliever Steven Wilson from the 15-day IL before their game at Seattle. Rookie outfielder Duke Ellis was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, and left-hander Tim Hill was designated for assignment.

Wilson had been on the injured list since May 20 with a back strain. The right-hander made two rehab appearances with Charlotte, allowing two runs and four hits in 1⅔ innings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.