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Kopech Looks Strong in Simulated Game, La Russa Confirms

During a media session today, White Sox Manager Tony La Russa gave an update on pitcher Michael Kopech, and the news sounds good.
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The Chicago White Sox's much-anticipated series opener with the Twins today may have been postponed due to rain, but that didn't stop the media from getting face time with the Sox skipper. During his time with the press this afternoon, Tony La Russa provided some much-needed good news regarding the club's 25-year-old flame thrower Michael Kopech.

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reported that La Russa said Kopech was "sharp" during his workout today, and also that the right-hander "went back for extra when he needed".

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score went on to say that the next step for Kopech will be "to wait and see how his arm feels tomorrow".

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Multiple reports also confirmed that Kopech threw a simulated game yesterday.

While no definitive date has been announced, these reports sure make Kopech's return feel imminent.

Kopech has been rehabbing a strained hamstring ever since leaving a May 26th contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. The White Sox have hinted at Kopech's progress for nearly a week now, and it now appears things are finally looking up.

Prior to his injury, Kopech was a major bright spot in this White Sox bullpen that has frankly been inconsistent at times. In 14 appearances (three starts), Kopech is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 0.989 WHIP. He was fanning batters at an excellent 12.9 K/9 clip.

With White Sox fans still scarred from a number of early-season injuries, and still awaiting concrete news on their MVP slugger Jose Abreu and his recent injury, this positive update on one of the game's most exciting young pitchers could not have come at a better time.