Eighth man in the bullpen seems like a fun, easy role, full of team camaraderie, major league per diems, clean uniforms and warm showers. And limited work!
Deunte Heath has been called up to provide extra aid to a bullpen that ranks 15th in baseball in innings and is tied for seventh in appearances. It certainly not an emergency situation, but perhaps Robin Ventura doesn’t like that Jesse Crain and Matt Lindstrom have pitched in the majority of Sox games this season. One solution would be for the White Sox to stop playing close games! That would solve it right up!
Heath, 27, has thrown all of two major league innings, in which he’s allowed a solo home run, a walk and recorded a strikeout. Last year in Triple-A Charlotte, Heath threw 67 innings, recording 74 strikeouts and 20 walks, with a 1.48 ERA. He’s your prototypical guy whose earned the promotion with performance, but lacks scouting-based excitement.
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