Reynaldo Lopez could be nearing his return to the White Sox rotation. He has been out with a back strain since August 19.
The Chicago White Sox could be getting a boost to their starting rotation. Reynaldo Lopez threw a second successful bullpen session Tuesday at Target Field. Shane Jackson of MLB.com reports the first session came over the weekend. If all goes well, we could see Lopez pitching soon. However, the organization should tread lightly. There’s no sense in rushing him back and risking injury.
Prior to injury, he made two starts for the White Sox. In 10 1/3 innings, he allowed eight runs on nine hits. Not the best numbers, but he has shown signs of promise. The organization is hoping he can help turn around the rotation. Pitching has not been a strong point this season and that reflects in the win column.
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Hopefully Lopez will come back and be able to make a few more starts before the season ends. If all goes well, I would expect him to be in the rotation next season. He’s looked pretty good in limited action and just needs more experience.
The White Sox are in a transition. And we’re going to see a lot of young guys coming up and trying to make a name for themselves in the big leagues. They are definitely loaded with talent but their window probably won’t open for a few more seasons.
During that time it’s important that guys like Lopez get the opportunity to gain some experience. That way when their window opens, the organization can hit the ground running.