The injury bug has bit the White Sox pitching staff repeatedly through the first 15 games of this abbreviated 60-game season. Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Aaron Bummer, and Jimmy Lambert are all on the injured list. These injures have led the team to make a series of moves with their roster.
After purchasing the contract of Drew Anderson from Schaumburg on Saturday, Anderson went an inning and third and gave up six earned runs in Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Anderson was promptly designated for assignment Sunday, and the White Sox recalled right-hander Jose Ruiz. Prospect Luis Basabe was also traded to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations.
Basabe was designated for assignment last week to free up a spot on their 40-man roster. Rather than losing him for nothing on waivers, Basabe will now make his way to San Francisco via trade. The 23-year-old Venezuelan outfielder originally came to the White Sox as part of the Chris Sale trade in 2016. Basabe was once a top-10 prospect in the White Sox system, but has since fallen out of the top-30 Sox prospects listed on MLB.com.
As for Ruiz, the 25-year-old pitcher struggled in 2019 with the White Sox. In 40 games and 40 innings pitched, Ruiz posted a 5.63 ERA and a 5.36 FIP. As injuries pile up, the Sox will need Ruiz to improve his performance in short order. If he does not, Ruiz could see as short of a stay as Drew Anderson, as the White Sox have little margin for error in a shortened season.