Chicago White Sox: Carlos Rodon, Jake Petricka added to bullpen
By Rob Wash
It’s official, the Chicago White Sox have purchased the contract of LHP Carlos Rodon from the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
Rodon, 22, is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts in two starts with the Knights this season. The 6-3, 235-pound lefty is considered the No. 1 prospect in the White Sox organization and No. 41 overall by Baseball Prospectus. He was drafted in the first round (third overall) of the 2014 MLB draft.
Rodon will start his time with the White Sox in the bullpen.
In addition to Rodon, Jake Petricka has been taken off the disabled list and added to the bullpen for the first time this season.
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Petricka has been been dealing with a right forearm strain all year and looks to add depth to the White Sox bullpen as well as give manager Robin Ventura more options in middle relief.
Petricka was 1-6 with 14 saves, 55 strikeouts and a 2.96 ERA in 67 appearances for the White Sox last season. He led all major-league rookies in saves and ranked third in innings pitched and appearances.
Due to these moves, right-hander Javy Guerra has been placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to April 13) and Kyle Drabek has been designated for assignment. Drabek has been less than stunning with a 5.06 ERA in three relief appearances with the White Sox this season.
Although the White Sox are 4-7 on this young season remember that it is just that, a young season. Now is not the time to give up on the Sox as all we have seen is a sample size.
Though there are several concerning aspects of their game, the White Sox have all the tools they need to turn it around.
The White Sox begin a seven game home stand tonight against Cleveland, the first of three tonight. For the White Sox it will be John Danks (0-2, 2.96 ERA) facing off against Trevor Bauer (2-0, 1.50 ERA) for the Indians.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm CT.