White Sox place Miguel Gonzalez on disabled list, while also reactivating James Shields for Sunday’s game against Toronto.
The Chicago White Sox announced on Sunday that Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day Disabled List with A/C joint inflammation. The move is retroactive to June 15. With the move, the White Sox also reactivated James Shields from the disabled list.
Gonzalez has been struggling lately in his second season with the White Sox. This season, Gonzalez is 4-8 with a 5.49 ERA. The White Sox starting rotation hasn’t been strong in 2017 as they’ve dealt with injuries to Shields, Carlos Rodon and now Gonzalez.
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With the return of Shields on Sunday, the Sox hope the veteran pitcher can eat innings as the bullpen has been overworked this season. Gonzalez wasn’t going deep into games that often in May and June. In his last eight starts, Gonzalez only pitched more than six innings in three of those outings.
With Gonzalez on the disabled list, the White Sox could continue to rely on David Holmberg to start. Holmberg hasn’t been able to last more than five innings in any of his starts this season however.
Although the White Sox have relied on unproven starting pitchers this season in Holmberg and Dylan Covey, they haven’t rushed to promote any of their top pitching prospects from Triple-A Charlotte. This season isn’t about contending, and the front office has done a good job in allowing their pitching prospects to continue developing in the minor leagues.
The White Sox could have a stronger starting rotation when Rodon returns, but until then they will have to move along without Gonzalez. Despite a lack of depth in the starting rotation, the White Sox have managed to win two consecutive series against American League East opponents.