With his first start expected to come Wednesday, Trayce Thompson got his feet wet on Tuesday night.
The White Sox outfielder made his major league debut in an 11-3 loss, striking out in a pinch-hit at-bat in the seventh inning. Playing in front of his family, Thompson took over in center field for Adam Eaton and finished the game.
Prior to Tuesday’s contest, White Sox manager Robin Ventura suggested Thompson could start in Wednesday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays against right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
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“I was more calm than I thought I’d be,” Thompson said. “Every game I always feel anxious to start every single game. Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in rookie ball or the big leagues.
“I wasn’t too nervous, I was thinking a lot about my mom, all the sacrifices she made to get me here. I looked up at them in the stands just to see what they were doing once I got on deck. I was just trying to focus andjust play the game. It’s the baseball. The lights are just a little brighter, and that’s about it.”
With word of his promotion given on Saturday, Thompson’s family had enough time to travel to Chicago to see him play. Thompson didn’t appear in Monday’s game, and his family arrived just prior to first pitch. The youngest of three boys, Thompson said he and his family planned to get dinner after Monday’s game only to learn that his older brothers, Mychel and Klay, both of whom have played in the NBA, “crushed some nachos,” Trayce Thompson said.