Miguel Gonzalez will make his White Sox deubt Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays as manager Robin Ventura & Co. re-worked the team's rotation before a seven-game road trip.
The 31-year-old Gonzalez was scratched from his scheduled Triple-A start on Friday. He’s made two starts since the White Sox signed him to a minor league deal April 3, and allowed three runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts, two walks and two home runs allowed over 11 innings.
With Gonzalez coming up, the White Sox optioned right-hander Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte after Sunday's win over the Texas Rangers. Ace left-hander Chris Sale will now start Tuesday and Jose Quintana will throw Wednesday against Toronto, and John Danks will be pushed back to pitch against the Baltimore Orioles.
Blue Jays hitters had a 1.021 OPS last season against Danks, who made two starts against the American League East champs. In one start against Baltimore, Danks held the Orioles scoreless over seven innings.
Gonzalez posted a 3.45 ERA in 435 2/3 innings (69 starts, six relief appearances) from 2012-14 with the Orioles. But he scuffled to a 4.91 ERA in 26 starts in 2015, and the Orioles released him near the end of spring training.
The White Sox liked what they saw from Gonzalez in his first minor league start, in which general manager Rick Hahn said his fastball topped out at 93 mph. In his career, Gonzalez has a 2.61 ERA in 76 innings against the Blue Jays and limited that fearsome lineup to a .201 batting average and .614 OPS.