While Carlos Rodon’s promotion received most of the attention on Monday, Jake Petricka’s return to the White Sox bullpen might have a greater immediate impact.
The 26-year-old right-hander was reinstated from the disabled list Monday after missing the first two weeks of the season due to a right forearm strain. Petricka appeared in two games with Triple-A Charlotte, throwing a pair of scoreless innings on his minor league rehab assignment.
“Getting Jake back is big,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You were counting on him being a big part of the middle of the bullpen. So you get a guy back that you kind of figure what he would be doing, it just makes sense of how they all work together. It’s more of a complete bullpen when he’s here with us.”
While Petricka led rookies with 14 saves last year, he’ll slot into a middle relief role thanks to the presence of $46 million closer David Robertson. Over 73 innings in 2014, Petricka posted a 2.96 ERA with the sixth-highest ground ball rate (63.4 percent) among major league relievers.
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Right-hander Javy Guerra was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to April 13. He said he felt a tweak during his first appearance April 8 in Kansas City and last appeared in a game April 12, though he did warm up over the weekend without coming into a game against Detroit.
“Just a little bit of soreness in the shoulder, nothing too crazy, probably a little bit of biceps tendinitis,” Guerra said. “First outing in Kansas City, I felt a little bit of a tweak, nothing too bad, just a little inflammation, and then just kind of fighting it left and right, and we thought this might be the best move for everything going forward.”
The White Sox also designated right-hander Kyle Drabek for assignment on Monday.