The Chicago White Sox are close to gaining additional starting rotation depth. According to Mike Rodriguez of Univision Sports, Johnny Cueto is heading to Triple-A Charlotte to continue his build-up.
Rodriguez notes Cueto threw multiple innings at extended Spring Training on Monday and feels prepared to take the next step. That stop in Charlotte will likely consist of one or two outings before Cueto joins the MLB club.
The White Sox signed Cueto to a minor-league deal on April 4 just before the team broke camp. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.08 ERA and 1.369 WHIP across 114.2 innings (21 starts) for the Giants in 2021.
With Lance Lynn sidelined for the early portion of the season and Lucas Giolito on the injured list, the South Siders have deployed Vince Velasquez and Jimmy Lambert in their starting rotation. A disastrous first inning by Velasquez on Sunday displayed just how volatile those depth options can be.
However, the outlook for the Chicago White Sox starting rotation should brighten in the coming weeks. In addition to Johnny Cueto progressing closer to game-ready status, Lucas Giolito could potentially return in five days.
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