Pitching reinforcements are on the way for the Chicago White Sox. Ahead of tonight’s series finale in Cleveland, the club activated left-handed pitchers Aaron Bummer and Carlos Rodon from the injured list. In corresponding moves, the White Sox designated LHP Ross Detwiler and RHP Steve Cishek for assignment.
Bummer’s return is a massive addition for a White Sox bullpen that has experienced some difficulty in high-leverage situations as of late. The lefty reliever last pitched on August 7th against the Cleveland Indians before hitting the injured list with a biceps issue. Over seven games, Bummer sports a 1-0 record, 1.23 ERA, and 12 strikeouts in 7.1 innings. His return will allow other bullpen pitchers to slot into roles that they are more comfortable with.
Carlos Rodon has been sidelined since August 4th due to shoulder soreness. The left-handed starter is 0-1 with a 6 ERA over just 5.2 innings on the season. If he stays healthy, Rodon could be a valuable spot reliever in the playoffs due to his ability to induce strikeouts.
As for Detwiler, the lefty took on a bullpen role and performed admirably early on in the shortened season. He posted a 1-1 record and 3.20 ERA in 19.2 innings over 16 games for the 2020 White Sox.
Steve Cishek simply just never worked out for the White Sox. The sidearm-slinging righty recorded a 5.40 ERA in 20 innings over 22 games this season with most of his appearances seemingly coming in games that were out of hand.