Prior to the Chicago White Sox weekend series opener in Houston, Michael Kopech was playing catch to test his knee. The right-hander told Scott Merkin of MLB.com he felt no extra soreness during the session and believes he will start Sunday vs. the Astros.
Last Sunday, Kopech exited his start against the Rangers after recording just two outs and hearing a “pop” in his leg. The right-hander had fluid drained from his knee during the week as part of treatment. It seems that tactic served him well as he was able to throw a bullpen Thursday.
Getting through the two throwing sessions, the latter of which he felt “even better” about, bodes well for Kopech and the White Sox. But Tony La Russa has not confirmed the South Siders’ starter for Sunday. The Sox skipper said earlier this week that Lance Lynn could be an option to start that game if Kopech isn’t ready to go.
Even if the Chicago White Sox coaching staff turns to Lynn instead for the series finale, this is a positive update regarding Michael Kopech. Already dealing with a plethora of injuries, losing one of their bright young arms to the IL would have been a detriment. And if he doesn’t start Sunday in Houston, Kopech will more than likely toe the rubber back at 35th/Shields when the Sox host the Blue Jays to begin next week.
UPDATE: 6/17/22, 5:31 PM CT – Tony La Russa confirmed that Michael Kopech will start Sunday against the Astros.
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