The White Sox will place Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list today with what's believed to be a subscapularis strain, the same injury that's kept John Danks on the shelf since late May. Crain hasn't pitched since June 23, so his DL stint will be retroactive to June 24.
To take Crain's place on the roster, the Sox are expected to call up righty Deunte Heath, who posted a 1.78 ERA with Triple-A Charlotte, mainly pitching out of the Knights' bullpen. In 42 13 innings, Heath has 46 strikeouts with 10 walks and three home runs allowed. He's never pitched in the majors before, but was already on the White Sox 40-man roster -- so the Sox maintain some flexibility, as their 40-man roster currently has 38 members on it.
In 22 23 innings, Crain struck out 28 with a 2.38 ERA. He issued only nine walks and allowed two home runs. The 31-year-old Crain is in the second year of a three-year, 13 million deal signed after the 2010 season.
Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.
The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).
We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.
Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.
For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.
The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.
Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.
Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.
Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.