Jun 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Scott Downs (37) walks to the dugout in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
It was confirmed Thursday morning by the Chicago White Sox that relief pitcher Scott Downs has been designated for assignment by the club.
The Chicago Tribune wrote the following on the action taken by the White Sox on Thursday morning:
"“The Chicago White Sox have designated left-handed reliever Scott Downs for assignment, general manager Rick Hahn confirmed Thursday morning … Downs was 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in 23 2/3 innings this season with the Sox.”"
Looking closer at the numbers of Downs this season for the White Sox, he allowed 16 earned runs in those 23.2 innings pitched, with 24 hits one being a home run. He also tallied 22 strikeouts and 15 walks in that same span.
He faced 108 batters in his stint with the White Sox, and had a WHIP of 1.648. For his 13-year career, Downs has an ERA of 3.57.
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I don’t have a problem with this move, but the White Sox still need to continue to make more moves to revamp the bullpen that has proven, for most of this season, to be unreliable when the game is on the line.
This still doesn’t solve the closers situation, and the team doesn’t have a real set-up man either since Ronald Belisario is playing the role as closer, when he should be the set-up man.
It’s going to be interesting from here on out to see how they address the bullpen situation for the White Sox in the near future.
Tonight the White Sox begin a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Chicago has an overall record of 36-45, losing five of their past six games. The White Sox trail the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers by 8.5 games.