Ahead of today’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox have called up RHP Jose Ruiz from the Schaumberg taxi squad facility. As the corresponding move, the club optioned infielder Danny Mendick to Schaumberg.
Mendick last played in back-to-back games on September 12th and 13th, but prior to that, he hadn’t played since September 6th. Mendick is hitting .243 with three home runs and RBIs this season. While most remember him for filling the Nick Madrigal void quite nicely, he hasn’t played much since Madrigal’s return.
As for Ruiz, he has appeared in just two games for the Sox this season. On August 15th, he finished a doubleheader contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. Two days later, he threw a scoreless inning against the Detroit Tigers.
The move was quickly questioned by White Sox fans. The discussions included concerns of “Dancing for Dubs” while others were upset that Mendick, a beloved name on the team, was being sent down. At the end of the day, this is strictly a bullpen move. Manager Ricky Renteria has used the arms in the pen so much that Ruiz’s fresh arm could prove vital in today’s contest against the Twins. Reynaldo Lopez has been mightily inconsistent and has experienced massive struggles against the Twins to the tune of an ERA near 20 against them in 2020.
This move follows Tuesday’s transaction of reinstating Jace Fry from the injured list and optioning Bernardo Flores Jr. As the Sox get ready to hit the road for seven games, Jose Ruiz could potentially eat up some much-needed innings for a White Sox pitching staff still working back toward full strength.