The season hasn’t started yet but the injuries are already piling up for the Chicago White Sox. The latest casualty is Lance Lynn. Lynn walked gingerly off the mound before exiting his last Cactus League start Saturday.
Rick Hahn told reporters that Lynn has a slight tear near his knee. He will undergo surgery Tuesday and be out for the foreseeable future. The big right-hander will not begin throwing off a mound again for at least another four weeks. After that, he will need some ramp-up time before rejoining the rotation.
This comes on the heels of the announcement that Garrett Crochet will likely need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The Lynn news is especially devasting. The 34-year-old was the favorite to be the White Sox Opening Day starter. He was coming off a career year that saw him post a 2.69 ERA and 11-6 record. That was good enough for third in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
Now, the White Sox will have to turn to Vince Velasquez or Reynaldo López to fill the hole. Velasquez had an ERA north of six last season while López had a solid year. However, López has been very inconsistent throughout his career so the White Sox won’t know what they are getting.
The Chicago White Sox needs to do something to add to their rotation in 2022.
Meanwhile, the rest of the rotation is filled out by Dallas Keuchel, who is coming off an abysmal season, and Micheal Kopech who is getting his first chance as an everyday starter.
The White Sox championship window is right now. Their core will not be together forever so they must capitalize while they have the chance.
If the White Sox would like to be serious contenders, they need to strongly consider adding some rotational depth. Unfortunately for them, the top arms in free agency are already off the board. With the season fast approaching, they will need to swing a trade.
Here are three pitchers the White Sox should consider adding: