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White Sox's Michael Kopech: Clean spring debut
Kopech didn't allow a baserunner across three scoreless innings while striking out one in Cactus League action Sunday against the Angels.
The outing was Kopech's debut this spring, as he was brought along slowly while recovering from offseason knee surgery. He showed no ill effects while touching 98 mph with his fastball and requiring only 37 pitches to complete his work. Kopech still has plenty to improve upon in future outings, including throwing his changeup more -- he threw it only once Sunday -- and adjusting to the pitch clock, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Increasing changeup usage
Kopech is planning to throw his changeup more in 2023, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Kopech has reportedly been working on his changeup this offseason and is hoping the pitch helps boost the effectiveness of the rest of his arsenal, which already includes a fastball, a slider and a curveball. According to Baseball Savant, Kopech threw his changeup only 25 times in 2022 -- primarily using it against left-handed batters.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: No lingering issues
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said Thursday that Kopech (knee) doesn't have any lingering issues this spring, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech reported early to White Sox camp in Arizona and has already completed a couple of successful bullpen sessions. "He's on pace," said Grifol. "He's in a good spot." The 26-year-old was limited to 119.1 innings (25 starts) last season due to knee and shoulder issues, but he appears to be locked into a regular spot in Chicago's starting rotation heading into 2023.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Avoids arbitration
Kopech (knee) signed a one-year contract with the White Sox on Friday to avoid arbitration, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech offered a mixed bag in 2022, holding a 3.54 ERA but with a 105:57 K:BB over 119.1 innings before shoulder and knee injuries prematurely ended his season. The hope is that he will be ready for spring training, but he won't be a good bet for a full workload in 2023.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Rehab more gradual than anticipated
Pitching coach Ethan Katz said Thursday that Kopech's (knee) rehab process has been more gradual than expected, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech missed the end of the 2022 season due to a shoulder injury and underwent surgery on his right knee in early October. While he hasn't progressed as quickly as anticipated, the White Sox still expect him to be ready for the start of spring training, and he's expected to be ready to throw 85 pitches over five innings by the time the regular season gets underway.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Undergoes knee surgery
Kopech (shoulder) underwent surgery on his right knee Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech was already likely to miss the rest of the 2022 season due to a shoulder injury. That's now official, and he'll end the campaign with a 3.54 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 105:57 K:BB across 119.1 frames. Kopech is expected to overcome both issues in time to pitch without limitations for the beginning of spring training in 2023.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Likely done for season
Interim manager Miguel Cairo said Kopech (shoulder) likely won't pitch again this season, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Cairo said that with nine games left in the season for the White Sox, they have run out of time to get Kopech back to 100 percent. Rushing Kopech back for one start simply isn't worth it. The 26-year-old righty had a solid season, posting a 3.54 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 119.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Out with shoulder inflammation
Kopech was placed on the 15-day injured list Saturday due to shoulder inflammation, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Kopech has yet to be officially ruled out for the season, per James Fegan of The Athletic, but it's certainly possible that he's done for the year. The team has no long-term concerns regarding the injury, but whether or not he makes it back depends on how his shoulder responds when he plays catch next week, and on if the White Sox are still in the playoff hunt when he's eligible to return. Even if Kopech does pitch again this season, it may be for only a single start. Davis Martin was recalled to take his place in the rotation.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Bounces back for fifth win
Kopech (5-9) earned the win over the Rockies on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three over five innings.
Kopech limited the damage to an Alan Trejo two-run home run in the third inning. This was Kopech's sharpest outing since Aug. 12 versus the Tigers, as he'd allowed 11 runs in 9.2 innings across his previous three outings, one of which was cut short by a knee injury. The right-hander has a 3.77 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 105:57 K:BB through 119.1 innings across 25 starts this year. He's projected for a favorable road start in Detroit this weekend.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Gets bopped in Seattle
Kopech did not factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks over 3.2 innings against the Mariners. He struck out four.
Kopech allowed a two-run homer off the bat of Eugenio Suarez. It was the righty's first start after spending just over two weeks on the injured list with a knee strain. Kopech struggled in the five starts prior to his injury, recording a 5.24 ERA with an 0-3 record during that span. In addition, the 26-year-old has had more difficulty in 11 road starts with a 4.80 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 50.2 innings compared to a 2.97 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 63.2 innings across 12 starts in Chicago... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Officially activated Wednesday
Kopech (knee) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list ahead of Wednesday's start against the Mariners.
Kopech dealt with a knee strain over the last few weeks but threw bullpen sessions Friday and Sunday and has officially been cleared to return following a minimal stay on the injured list. Because Kopech didn't get fully ramped up while he was on the shelf, acting manager Miguel Cairo said the right-hander will likely be limited to around 75-to-80 pitches or five innings in Wednesday's start, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Over his five starts prior to his absence, Kopech posted a 5.24 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 22.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Likely to start Wednesday
Kopech (knee) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day injured list to start Wednesday against the Mariners, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The 26-year-old completed bullpen sessions Friday and Sunday with no issues and is poised to return from the knee strain after spending the 15-day minimum on the shelf. It was a brief absence for Kopech, but he could still face some workload limitations in his first start back with the White Sox.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Completes another bullpen session
Kopech (knee) threw a bullpen session Sunday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech landed on the injured list with a left knee strain Aug. 23 and threw his first bullpen session Friday, and he returned to the mound for another session Sunday. He's eligible to return from the IL for Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners, and the White Sox's decision to demote fill-in starter Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday would seem to hint that Chicago expects Kopech to be ready to go by the middle of the week.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Throws bullpen Friday
Kopech (knee) threw a bullpen session Friday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech has been on the injured list since Aug. 23 due to a left knee strain, but he's now been cleared to resume mound work. The White Sox hope that he'll be able to return from the IL when first eligible Sept. 7, but the team will wait to see how he progresses in the coming days prior to officially determining his return date.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Kopech: Goes on IL with knee strain
The White Sox placed Kopech on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a left knee strain.
After Kopech exited in the first inning of his start during Monday's 6-4 loss to the Royals, manager Tony La Russa said the right-hander was dealing with a hamstring issue, but the White Sox provided an updated diagnosed upon placing the 26-year-old on the IL. The severity of his left knee strain isn't fully known, though the White Sox are tentatively planning on Kopech being ready to return from the shelf when first eligible Sept. 7, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Even if that's the case, Kopech's impending two-week absence could still make it difficult for fantasy managers to justify holding him at this stage of the season. The White Sox called up Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte to provide the team with a multi-inning option out of the bullpen until a replacement in the rotation is needed for Kopech beginning with Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.... See More ... See Less
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