White Sox: Jake Petricka Headed to Disabled List With Elbow Strain
Jake Petricka is back on the disabled list with a right elbow strain. It’s his third trip to the DL this season.
The Chicago White Sox placed Jake Petricka on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. The move was retroactive to Tuesday writes Scott Merkin of MLB.com. This season has not been the best health wise for Petricka. This is his third stint on the DL this season. He previously went on the DL with another right elbow strain and right lat strain.
Petricka was once a key cog in the White Sox bullpen. But injuries have really slowed him down the past two seasons. This season he was 1-1 with a 7.01 ERA in 27 appearances that totaled 25.2 innings. He had a 4.50 ERA in nine appearances last season before sitting out with a hip injury.
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The White Sox don’t have a lot invested in him, which is good news. They avoided arbitration by signing him to a one-year $825,000 contract during the offseason. He still has arbitration years in 2018 and 2019 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
When healthy he has been a pretty effective pitcher. In 2014 he made 67 appearances with a 2.96 ERA. In 2015 he was almost as good, tallying a 3.63 ERA in 62 games. However, he’s only made 36 appearances the past two seasons.
The White Sox could look to bring him back next season, depending on his health, because they are going to need help in their bullpen. It shouldn’t require a lot of money either because of his injury history. It’s not even clear if he will pitch again this season. Although he seems confident he will.
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"“We’re not worried about this at all. It’s just another bump in the road we’ve got to take care of. We took pictures and it came back very minor. We’ve got a plan of attack and know it will work.”Jake Petricka, White Sox Pitcher"