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.