Chicago White Sox starting throwing depth could get first test this year with Mike Clevinger on IL – The Denver Post
Mike Clevinger felt his wrist was “a little stuck” in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s start against the Cleveland Guardians at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“Around the sixth inning, I noticed a little drop in (speed), just the off-run speed. Fastball felt good,” the Chicago White Sox pitcher said Monday. wasn’t really very painful. I just couldn’t feel where the bullet was coming from. So I knew something was going on, but the adrenaline was obviously pretty high.
Clevinger was in pain the next day, and the Sox placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with an inflamed right wrist. The move is retroactive to Thursday and he plans to be ready when he can return on June 2.
Clevinger was in line to start again Monday against his old team, this time at Progressive Field. The Sox turned to reliever Jimmy Lambert at the opening, the first time anyone other than Clevinger, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease or Michael Kopech has started this season.
“Wrist pain obviously put him on the IL, but everyone was going to take a break at some point,” Sox manager Pedro Grifol said ahead of Monday’s game. “He is going to use this as his break to regroup and recover his strength and get the ball back and go.
“We were one of two teams (along with the Toronto Blue Jays) whose starters had gone through their cycle without anyone coming in. It’s tough these days and it’s not like they’re pitching five innings. These guys go six and seven innings. That’s why we were thinking of giving them a break, and Clevinger is going to get his now.
Clevinger said it was the first time he had this kind of injury.
“I think this is the new gyro slider I’m launching,” he said. “It’s a hand position that I’ve probably never done before. It’s just an adjustment with my body.
“It’s the same if you do hip mobility in the weight room. That first day, you find new ranges, you’re going to cramp, you’re going to be in pain for a few days, and the next time you do, you’ll have a little more range. So it’s just adapting to throwing that pitch and how I go about it.
Clevinger is 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA and 40 strikeouts in nine starts. He went over six innings in Wednesday’s 7-2 win, allowing two runs on six hits.
“I was finally finding a rhythm with all my throws,” he said. “I feel like every start I had a few pitches and one didn’t work. In that moment, I started finding that groove where I was able to throw all my pitches in any count. So it sucks for that, but I’ll be right back.
Starting organizational pitch depth recently became a talking point after Davis Martin, who helped fill that role in 2022 and started this season at Triple-A Charlotte, underwent Tommy John surgery.
Jesse Scholtens, recalled from Charlotte on Monday, was the first name assistant general manager Chris Getz mentioned when asked about potential options last week.
Scholtens is 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA and 42 strikeouts in seven starts with Charlotte. He played two games with the Sox in April, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and four strikeouts.
Getz said Scholtens had “thrown well”. He listed a few additional launchers:
“Nate Fisher (4-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 10 outings, nine starts) has been pretty consistent. Sean Burke (0-3, 8.83 ERA in five starts), he had a little hiccup in spring training with his shoulder, started the season late, and when he joined Charlotte he was only throwing three rounds. Honestly, the point he is at right now probably amounts to the end of normal spring training.
“For him, we see quality pitches. We just need more consistency in the zone, more strikes, with every one of those throws. We know what he is capable of. He’s a guy who, once he’s connected and comfortable, could definitely step into the mix.
“And then we continue the development of Christian Mena (3-3, 6.27 ERA in eight starts) in Double A. Matt Thompson (1-4, 4.36 ERA in eight starts), he showed a bit of inconsistency here recently, but he’s also had some good outings. There are options there.
Liam Hendriks and Eloy Jiménez are making great strides
Grifol said closer that Liam Hendriks “threw the ball really well” during a live bullpen session Monday afternoon at Progressive Field.
“Ticked up from (Friday session at Guaranteed Rate Field),” Grifol said. “We’ll sit down and talk about it, but I think we’ll do it one more time and then we’ll see where we are. But it is moving in the right direction. He looks good. He was strong (Monday), stronger than (Friday). »
Grifol said the next session will likely be Thursday in Detroit for Hendriks, who is working toward a comeback after undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Designated outfielder/forward Eloy Jiménez (appendectomy) is closing in on a rehab assignment. When asked if it could be this weekend, Grifol replied, “Maybe sooner.”
“It will be out here very soon if everything continues to trend,” Grifol said. “He’s really close. He feels good.