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White Sox place Dylan Covey on the IL, opening up a starting rotation spot

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White Sox place Dylan Covey on the IL, opening up a starting rotation spot

Dylan Covey had been showing signs of improvement in his last few starts, but that improvement will go on hold with Covey heading to the injured list.

On Sunday, the White Sox placed Covey on the IL, retroactive to June 6, with right shoulder inflammation. Over his last three starts, the right-handed starter had a 3.71 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings.

Covey, who has a 4.58 ERA this season, will be eligible to return on June 16. He was scheduled to start on June 10 against the Nationals. Manny Banuelos hasn’t started since May 30 so he can move up to that date and the White Sox have an off day on June 12. That leaves only the June 11 start against the Nationals as a question mark.

Reliever Thiago Vieira took Covey’s spot on the White Sox roster, which doesn’t fill the spot in the starting rotation.

Could this create an opening for prospect Dylan Cease? Cease is started on Sunday for Triple-A Charlotte so the short answer is no. Cease entered Sunday with a 3.46 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 12 walks in 52 innings for Charlotte.

If it’s not Cease, the White Sox don’t have many other options. If Banuelos pitches Monday and Ivan Nova moves up, Nova would be pitching on short rest. The 40-man roster is full after the team moved Carlos Rodon to the 60-day IL and claimed pitcher Jimmy Cordero off waivers. Nicky Delmonico is out for the year and could move to the 60-day IL to open up a spot if needed. The White Sox could also staff the game like they did in Houston on May 20, when Ryan Burr went two innings in a start and five relievers shared the workload.

 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

David Haugh, Sam Panayotovich and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs deal World Series hero Mike Montgomery to the Royals for catcher Martin Maldonado. So what does that mean for Willson Contreras' injury? And who will get the majority of the playing time behind the plate?

10:30 - The guys look ahead to Dylan Cease's second Major League start and discuss what players should be dealt at the deadline to continue the White Sox rebuild.

16:00 - The Blackhawks deal Artem Anisimov to the Senators. Could this mean Kirby Dach can make the team on opening night?

18:30 - Robbie Gould won't be a Bear next season. Is the Bears Week 1 kicker currently on their roster?

20:00 - Did EA Sports diss Mitch Trubisky? DARN NATIONAL MEDIA!!!!

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Eloy Jimenez leaves game with injury after collision in outfield

Eloy Jimenez leaves game with injury after collision in outfield

Eloy Jimenez already has one injury playing the field, but it appears he picked up another during Tuesday’s game in Kansas City.

On the first batter of the game for pitcher Dylan Cease, Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield hit a deep fly ball to left-center field. Center fielder Charlie Tilson made the catch on the play, but collided with Jimenez coming over from left field just after making the catch.

Jimenez immediately went down holding his right arm. He was checked on by White Sox staff and taken out of the game.


The White Sox have since announced that Jimenez has right elbow soreness and it undergoing further examination.

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