White Sox recall Eric Surkamp


Feb 22, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Eric Surkamp (53) poses for a photo during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Six not only designated Scott Downs for assignment on Thursday, they’ve also decided to recall Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte to fill the roster spot in the bullpen.

Let’s take a look at the White Sox press release said of recalling Surkamp:

"“Surkamp, 26, has gone 3-4 with a 4.54 ERA (37 ER/73.1 IP) and 84 strikeouts in 14 games (11 starts) with Charlotte this season, his first in the White Sox organization after being claimed off waivers from San Francisco on December 23, 2013.”"

In parts of two MLB seasons with the San Francisco Giants the left-handed pitcher has a 7.36 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched.

On another note, he was the International League Pitcher of the Week from June 16-22 as he had an ERA of 0.64 in that span.

In looking at his MLB stats, last season he pitched just 2.2 innings, where he allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and two home runs. He also hit two batters in that span.

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What I like about this recall is the White Sox are trying something different with a player they’ve never had on their roster.

Maybe Surkamp has improved as a pitcher while in the White Sox organization, and he’s still a young player, so he most likely has room for improvement.

Who knows how this will work out.

Nothing personally against Downs, or the rest of the bullpen, but changes need to be made. They’ve given away two wins this week, and that can’t continue to happen if this ball club ever wants to compete for the AL Central title again.

Surkamp has seven starts in the Majors, so I believe this will probably be the first time he’s been in the role of the bullpen, assuming that’s whey they place him.

Maybe this will put the rest of the White Sox rotation on notice as well, but it is good to see the franchise trying something different with the pitching staff.

What are your thoughts on this roster move?