White Sox: Reynaldo Lopez May Start Friday Against Tampa Bay

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Reynaldo Lopez
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Reynaldo Lopez /

Reynaldo Lopez has been on the disabled list with a strained back since Aug. 19. The young right hander could return to the White Sox rotation as soon as Friday.

The Chicago White Sox could get Reynaldo Lopez back into the rotation as early as Friday Shane Jackson reports. Lopez has been sidelined with a back strain since Aug. 19. His return could help boost the rotation, that has struggled all season. However, Lucas Giolito and Carlos Rodon have been good recently. And it gives fans glimpse of what the rotation could look like in a few seasons.

In two starts, Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA. Sounds rough but he has showed signs of promise. That’s all the Chicago White Sox could ask for. This is not a very good team right now. And the bullpen has been dreadful. What they like to see is their young guys get some experience, so they are prepared to take rotation spots full time.

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Manager Rick Renteria told Jackson the youngster will be not be on an innings limit. That’s good news because it shows that he should be 100 percent for his next start. Renteria is slating him to start on Friday against Tampa Bay but that could change. It’ll be good to see Lopez back in the rotation. This allows him to continue getting experience at the major league level.

The White Sox seem to have all the makings of an elite starting rotation in the future. If all the pieces come together. They still have Michael Kopech and a slew of other great pitching prospects in their system.

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What was once an area of weakness may soon be their biggest area of strength. It all depends on how well they develop their talent. But one thing is for sure. The organization has had great success developing starting pitching.