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Michael Kopech to Enter White Sox Rotation in 2022

White Sox GM Rick Hahn expects Michael Kopech to leave the bullpen and join the starting rotation in 2022.
Michael Kopech White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox have some work to do this offseason. Near the top of that list is starting pitching.

With the possible departure of Carlos Rodon and questions surrounding Dallas Kuechel's effectiveness, there will more than likely be an opening or two in the rotation. Enter Michael Kopech.

During Rick Hahn's first offseason press conference, the White Sox general manager stated the club envisions Kopech being part of the rotation in 2022.

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In his first season back with the White Sox after a two-year hiatus due to Tommy John surgery and opting out during the shortened 2020 campaign, Kopech showed signs of dominance over 69.1 innings while working mainly out of the bullpen. The right-hander also made occasional spot starts for the White Sox in 2021. The team limited his innings in those starts outside of an April 25th outing against the Texas Rangers, in which the righty tossed five innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Michael Kopech moving back into the rotation likely spells the end of Carlos Rodon's time with the White Sox. Rodon, who returned to the club after his first foray into free agency, entered Spring Training battling for the final spot in the 2021 rotation. He put together an All-Star-worthy first half of the season, which should garner significant attention in free agency despite his late-season arm fatigue issues.