The White Sox have dealt with injuries to their pitching staff at both the major league and minor league level this season.
In an attempt to counteract the injury toll, the White Sox have added a veteran reinforcement to the bullpen in Charlotte.
The White Sox announced on Tuesday they have signed right-handed reliever Bobby Parnell to a minor-league deal.
Parnell, 32, opted out of his deal with the Kansas City Royals last week after pitching in 15 games with their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha. Parnell compiled a 3-2 record with a 4.71 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 21 innings.
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Before undergoing Tommy John Surgery with the New York Mets in 2014, Parnell was one of the more reliable relievers in the National League. From 2010-13, Parnell posted a 2.79 ERA with 35 saves in 213 innings.
Parnell last pitched in the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 2016 and had a 3.95 ERA and 1.408 WHIP in 44 games.
The White Sox addition of Parnell could serve as major-league roster insurance later this summer if the club decides to deal closer David Robertson or any pieces of their bullpen before MLB's July 31 trade deadline.
It’s the All-Star Break, so why not take a look back at the first 58.6% of the White Sox season.
They may not be contending quite yet, but there have been several interesting moments.
Focusing on the hitters, let’s take a look at ten amazing achievements this season. And while there may be several to list for some players, I’m going to limit it to one fact per player. Let’s go.
- On March 29 (Opening Day), Matt Davidson became the 1st player in MLB history to hit 3 Home Runs in a game in March.
- On April 23, Yoán Moncada (22 years, 331 days) became the youngest player in White Sox history with a double, triple & HR in the same game, passing Tito Francona (24 years, 205 days) on 5/28/1958.
- Daniel Palka recorded a triple on May 22nd, making him the first player in White Sox history with 3 triples & 3 HR within his first 20 career MLB games.
- On July 3, Palka (LF) & Avisaíl García (RF) became the second pair of White Sox outfielders to each hit 2 HR in the same game; the other pair? Minnie Miñoso (LF) and Larry Doby (CF) on July 30, 1957.
- On May 28, Matt Skole became the first player in White Sox history with a home run AND a walk in his MLB Debut.
- The lone White Sox walkoff Home Run of 2018 was off the bat of a player who hit .116 for the Sox this season (Trayce Thompson on May 3 – he went 14 for 121 this season for the Southsiders).
- The White Sox have started a game with backto-back home runs four times in franchise history. 9/2/1937, 7/4/2000, 9/2/2017 & 6/12/2018. Each of the last 2 times, Yolmer Sánchez hit the second home run.
- On June 23, Tim Anderson became the first White Sox shortstop ever to homer on his birthday.
- On June 27, José Abreu hit his 136th career HR and passed Minnie Miñoso for most by a Cubanborn player in White Sox history. He hit one more since.
- Leury García managed to become the first White Sox player with at least 10 stolen bases (he has 10) without being caught before the AllStar Break since Mike Cameron (13 for 13) in 1997.
With the White Sox in the middle of a rebuild, Chuck Garfien spoke with 3 Houston Astros All-Stars who explained how they went from a rebuilding team to World Series champions. Jose Altuve, George Springer and Alex Bregman talk about how they dealt with losing, how they learned how to win, the importance of adding veterans to the young core, and how they kept hope alive during the rebuild. Then later, Chuck spoke with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain trying to understand how he dominated the White Sox for so many years.