Chicago White Sox place Nate Jones on DL
Mar 28, 2014; Birmingham, Al, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Nate Jones (65) throws to a Birmingham Barons batter at Regions Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Daryl Van Schouwen of CSN Chicago tweeted on Friday that Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones has been placed on the 15-day DL.
In the tweet he also stated Jake Petricka will be called up.
The White Sox made it official with the following tweet:
The first two appearance for Jones weren’t his best work, as he’s failed to record a single out but has allowed four runs (all earned) on two hits and three walks.
Jones also has one blown save.
CSN Chicago reported on Thursday following the White Sox 10-9 loss that Jones’ “gluteal strain resurfaced.”
Feb 22, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka (52) poses for a photo during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
As for Petricka, the 6-5, 205-pound pitcher didn’t pitch in the Charlotte Knights’ season opener on Thursday.
He went 1-1 with the White Sox last season with a 3.26 ERA. Petricka, in 16 games last season (19.1 innings pitched), allowed seven runs on 20 hits and 10 walks in a reliever’s role, all while keeping his opponents’ batting average to .278.
Maybe this is why Jones was off to such a rough start to the 2014 season, because it would make a lot of sense for his performance thus far this season.
Maybe once Jones returns from the DL, his performance on the mound will improve and he could possibly be the closer the White Sox are looking for, or at least the setup pitcher for the eighth inning.
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