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White Sox Update: DH split, Soroka, Ramos, Robert Jr.

by Matt Cotner

Yesterday was a day full of odds and ends when it came to White Sox news – and the team also happened to play two games on top of it!

Here’s a recap of everything you may have missed.

Recap: White Sox 4, Nationals (DH Game 2)

After the rain out Monday evening, the White Sox managed a split in their doubleheader today against the Washington Nationals. The afternoon affair turned out to be a 6-3 loss, with bright spots coming from an Eloy Jimenez solo shot and a multi-hit game for Tommy Pham. The second game was much more favorable, as the White Sox held on to win 4-0 thanks in part to another stellar start from Erick Fedde.

This was the first game Fedde pitched against his old club, and it did not disappoint. He got through seven shutout innings, notching six strikeouts and only conceding three hits. Andrew Vaughn was the other bright spot in this one, blasting a three run home run in the third inning and a solo shot in the eighth for the only scores of the ballgame. The White Sox improve to 13-30 with the win.

Notable Performances

Erick Fedde: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB

Another strong outing for Fedde, this one being even sweeter since it was against his old ballclub. Fedde put together an impressive seven innings, not allowing a free base, and only conceding three hits. He continues to be the best performer in this rotation thus far this season.

Andrew Vaughn: 2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB

Vaughn came up big in the second game of this doubleheader, showing some power that has been sorely lacking from him and this club this season. He blasted a three run home run in the third, followed by a solo shot in the eighth for his first two home runs of the season. He was responsible for all four White Sox runs tonight, and hopefully this power is something more than just a flash in the pan.

Ramos day-to-day with quad tightness

Bryan Ramos has been a breath of fresh air for White Sox fans thus far in his short major league career. However, the White Sox will be missing him the next few days from some quad tightness that he experienced in the fifth inning of Monday’s doubleheader. The hope, per Pedro Grifol, is that Ramos will be able to play again Friday when the White Sox begin their series in New York.

Michael Soroka to move to bullpen

Michael Soroka came to the White Sox as part of the Aaron Bummer package and hasn’t seen strong results thus far. Over nine starts and 43.2 innings, the right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.39 ERA, posting the lowest average fastball of his career since 2018 (his rookie season). He’s also walked as many hitters as he has struck out, and as a result, will be headed to the bullpen for a while.

Per Pedro Grifol, this is not necessarily a permanent move, as evidenced by Chris Flexen’s move to the bullpen and eventual successful return to the rotation. The hope is that lightning can strike twice and the club can work with Soroka on some improvements. Brad Keller will move to the rotation from the bullpen, where he is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four apperances.

Luis Robert Jr. hopes to be “at game speed” by this weekend

Luis Robert Jr. has been out for the majority of this season with a strained hip flexor. However, Robert Jr. is getting close to returning, and per Pedro Grifol, the White Sox are hoping to have him at “game speed” down in Arizona this weekend before eventually sending him to Triple-A Charlotte for a rehab assignment.

Robert Jr. did experience a bit of a setback in the first week of May, which has delayed his progress to this point. Yoan Moncada, per Grifol, is also making progress – though he isn’t as far along as Robert Jr. is currently.

Other News and Notes

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Featured Image: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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