Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech left his start after just two pitches thanks to a reported ankle injury.
The Sox have been dealt a number of injuries to their starting staff so far this season. You can potentially add Kopech to that list.
The flame-throwing righty left his latest start against the Texas Rangers after just two pitches. Kopech appeared to land awkwardly on his follow-through, thus forcing the White Sox training staff’s hand.
Here’s to hoping Kopech only tweaked his ankle, rather than another severe injury.
While the likes of Lucas Giolito have returned to the south side of Chicago after an early-season injury, Lance Lynn is still out. Losing another key member of the starting staff would put the Sox in a precarious position.
White Sox: Michael Kopech injured against Rangers
Just four days ago, Southside Showdown’s Vincent Parise wrote an article claiming Kopech was the ace of the starting staff at this very moment. Just a few days later, Kopech has suffered an apparent ankle injury.
“In fact, it is starting to look like Kopech is the ace of the White Sox staff. On Tuesday night, Kopech carved up the Los Angeles Dodgers who are one of the best teams in the National League right now. It was as impressive as any start he has made.
In 6.0 innings, he gave up no runs on one hit and one walk to go with eight strikeouts. it was a completely dominant performance over a team that has a lot of superstars scattered throughout their lineup. His ERA is now down to 1.94.”
Hopefully, Kopech will not be forced out for long, as he was pitching arguably better than anyone on the White Sox staff. Chicago needs to get hot this summer to make up some ground in both the AL Central and AL Wild Card races.