MIAMI — They’re in need of a fresh bullpen arm and have a day off Monday in which to manipulate their rotation. So for now, the White Sox recalled Chris Beck from Triple-A Charlotte to take the place of Miguel Gonzalez, who on Friday was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Friday afternoon the team would mull its options for how to replace Gonzalez in the rotation during an absence the pitcher hopes only last 15 days. Gonzalez exited Thursday’s start in Kansas City after only one-plus scoreless inning.
The White Sox could skip his turn in the rotation, turn to one of their rookie relievers or call upon Anthony Ranaudo, who was impressive in his start at Wrigley Field last month.
“With the offday, we can play with that somewhat,” Ventura said. “We know coming in here, you still have four guys on the bench, especially with what happened the last couple of days of using guys that having an arm like Chris is going to come in handy.
“For us, the arm made sense. We have some guys who potentially could (start for Gonzalez).”
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The club’s internal options to fill in for Gonzalez, who suffered the same injury last season, would likely include rookies Carson Fulmer and Michael Ynoa. Ynoa threw 43 pitches in Thursday’s loss, but that represents the furthest either is stretched out as Fulmer has worked out of the bullpen for almost a month now.
While Beck has started seven games this season, he hasn’t made one since May 12 at Triple-A Charlotte and appeared all in relief since. Ranaudo, who allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings at the Cubs on July 27, started at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday night, where he has a 3.35 ERA in 16 starts.
Though they haven’t yet determined who will take Gonzalez’s spot, the White Sox won’t rush him back into action.
“Any time you are talking about that with a pitcher it’s always a little iffy,” Ventura said. “You don’t want to push it, especially with the way he’s been throwing. He’s been doing a good job for us in that spot. I hope it doesn’t take very long, but we are going to be very careful with him and make sure he’s 100 percent.”