While the news regarding Nicky Delmonico isn’t good, the White Sox are encouraged by the progress of Reynaldo Lopez.
The rookie pitcher appears to be on the mend and could soon start in the big leagues again as long as he stays on track. Lopez threw a 50-pitch bullpen on Friday and is set to participate in another on Tuesday in Minneapolis. If all goes well, Lopez’s next action would be his third start for the White Sox.
Lopez went on the 10-day disabled list last Saturday with a strained back. Delmonico was placed on the 10-day DL with a sprained wrist on Saturday.
“I’m satisfied and relieved,” Lopez said through an interpreter. “At first I was a little concerned because I didn’t know if that was something more complicated. But with all the treatment, I’ve been feeling good. At this point, I feel very, very good.
“I don’t have any discomfort, any soreness. Thank God I’m feeling very good.”
Delmonico was scratched from the lineup on Friday and had an MRI, which showed no significant damage. Even so, the White Sox will shut down the rookie hitter for now to avoid anything serious. Catcher Rob Brantly was added to the 40-man roster and promoted from Triple-A to replace Delmonico, who’s hitting .307/.429/.573 with six home runs in 91 plate appearances.
“We'll see how he progresses over the next couple days,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Obviously time will tell how quickly he'll be able to return, but the initial onset right now, it's obviously aggravated so we've got to give it sometime to calm down.”
Renteria was more upbeat when discussing Lopez, who would likely return to the mound during the next homestand if he stays on pace. Lopez would likely avoid a rehab because he only recently went on the DL and the minor league season ends in eight days.
“He's progressing very well,” Renteria said. “For us, just make sure that he's completely healthy and doesn't feel any twinging at all. That he just feels comfortable doing what he's doing and obviously right now up to this point he does feel comfortable. And then we just wait and see how this thing plays itself out.”