The White Sox continue the reliever recycling program today as they have recalled RHP Juan Minaya and LHP Caleb Frare ahead of the series finale against Boston. The roster spots opened up when RHP Carson Fulmer and RHP Jose Ruiz were optioned to AAA Charlotte after last night’s brutal 15-2 loss.
After being on the big league roster for most of last season, Juan Minaya’s horrid showing in spring training resulted in a Charlotte stint to begin this season. Down in the Queen City, he posted a 2-1 record with a 5.51 ERA in ten appearances. He’s proven that he’s the same wild Juan Minaya we saw in spring training, as his BB/9 currently sits at five.
Minaya is an interesting case. He ended up with an 0.9 WAR for the Sox last season, but his BB/9 still sat at 5.6 and the free passes always seemed to come at the absolute worst times. It was only a matter of time until we saw him this season, but I was hoping for other pieces to solidify themselves so his first appearance would be as the 26th man in a doubleheader. Shame on me for being any form of optimistic about the White Sox.
The other addition to the White Sox bullpen is Caleb Frare. He has already appeared in four games for the Sox this season, in which he posted a 6.75 ERA and a 9.13 FIP.
Now I know it’s an extremely small sample size, so I’ll lay off Frare a little bit. He showed some flashes of effectiveness in spring training, but then again, it was spring training. He’s pitched in 15 total big league games so far, so we don’t really know what we have yet in this southpaw. Unfortunately, this is the bullpen version of trotting out Ryan Cordell and Jose Rondon regularly to figure out what they actually bring to the table.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst my fellow South Siders. Oh yeah, if you skipped over it in the White Sox press release, Jon Jay is now on the 60-day injured list.
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