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White Sox weigh options with Miguel Gonzalez on DL

White Sox weigh options with Miguel Gonzalez on DL

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.”

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.