Apr 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Maikel Cleto (39) pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
A familiar face is returning to the roster of the Chicago White Sox Monday evening with Maikel Cleto being recalled from the Charlotte Knights, as announced by the White Sox earlier today.
Cleto is replacing Taylor Thompson in the bullpen after he was sent back to Charlotte on Sunday following a 16-3 loss by the White Sox.
The press release of the White Sox stated:
"“Cleto went 3-0 with a 5.91 ERA (23 ER/35.0 IP) and 50 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances with the Knights this season. He threw 7.2 scoreless IP over his final five outings, allowing just two hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.”"
So let’s get this straight … the White Sox bullpen just had their worst outing of the season, and to possibly help solve the problem, they recalled a pitcher who had an ERA of above 5.00?
That seems to be the mindset of this franchise all season when it comes to the bullpen … reset and try again with the same players.
During his first stint with the White Sox this season, Cleto was 0-0 with an ERA of 5.14 in 14.2 innings (13 appearances).
Cleto was last on the White Sox roster on May 10.
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This move isn’t that big of a deal for the White Sox, as it doesn’t seem Cleto improved any while with the Knights the past three months.
I hope he gets a chance to pitch tonight or sometime this series with the Texas Rangers as I want to see what the White Sox saw that made them want to bring Cleto back to the MLB roster.
It should be interesting, if nothing else, plus it could be a tryout for the ’15 season.