Chicago White Sox: 3 players to get healthy for playoffs

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO - JULY 18: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Houston Astros on July 18, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. Rodon pitched seven innings of one-hit ball as the White Sox defeated the Astros 4-0. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JULY 18: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Houston Astros on July 18, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. Rodon pitched seven innings of one-hit ball as the White Sox defeated the Astros 4-0. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Ryan Tepera
(Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /

128. . 51. Chicago White Sox. Ryan Tepera. 51. player

Ryan Tepera would make the Chicago White Sox bullpen that much better.

Ryan Tepera’s placement on the injured list came as a surprise to a lot of people. He, according to himself, sliced his finger on his apartment door frame. It is one of those crazy accidents that you hate to see but it is going to happen from time to time. It is a non-baseball-related injury but a slice on an important finger could absolutely impede your ability to throw a ball.

Tepera is hopeful to be back in time for the Cincinnati Reds series next week. It may or may not come true but that is the goal. The White Sox will have a much more complete bullpen when he is added to the mix. With Tepera, Aaron Bummer, and Michael Kopech, there are some really good setup options for Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks.

He hasn’t been with the team for very long but he has been very consistent in his short time with them. They believe that he is a great piece for their run to an American League pennant. In order for that to happen, they need this finger wound to heal up and allow him to be ready for the postseason.

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All three of these players are in a different spot. The White Sox are still figuring out what to do with Rodon and Tepera is still working to be off the IL at all. Meanwhile, Andrew Vaughn appears to be healthy but they need to get him ready for the playoffs. If all of these things come together, the White Sox have as good of a chance as anyone.

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