Re­port: Kopech get­ting divorce

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com @CST_­sox­van

CLEVE­LAND — When prized White Sox right-han­der Michael Kopech opted out of the 2020 sea­son, the team cited ‘‘per­sonal rea­sons.’’ One of those came to light Mon­day, when the Tri­bune re­ported Kopech has filed for divorce from ‘‘Riverdale’’ ac­tress Vanessa Mor­gan.

While sources close to Kopech re­it­er­ated nu­mer­ous rea­sons fac­tored into his de­ci­sion, in­clud­ing phys­i­cal con­cerns about the short ramp-up to what was go­ing to be his come­back sea­son from Tommy John surgery, the news shed light on the per­sonal mat­ters at play.

With no pho­tos or men­tion of Kopech, Mor­gan an­nounced at a gen­der-re­veal party Friday that she was ex­pect­ing a baby boy. Court records show Kopech filed for divorce June 19 in Texas. They were mar­ried Jan. 4.

Kopech, who threw six pitches at 100 mph or faster in his only ap­pear­ance of spring train­ing

— a per­fect in­ning against the Rangers in March — is one of the top young pitch­ing tal­ents in the ma­jors. His per­for­mance and side ses­sions dur­ing spring train­ing raised hopes about what he would mean to the Sox’ ro­ta­tion and their chances of mak­ing the play­offs.

Lopez on 10-day in­jured list

The depth of the Sox’ ro­ta­tion al­ready has taken a hit, with right-han­der Reynaldo Lopez go­ing on the in­jured list four days into the 60-game sea­son.

Lopez, who was re­moved from his first start Sun­day in the first in­ning against the Twins with a sore shoul­der, went on the 10-day IL with in­flam­ma­tion in the shoul­der. He had an MRI exam per­formed in Chicago.

‘‘Hope­fully we got him un­der some med­i­ca­tion, and hope­fully the in­flam­ma­tion within the 10 days will re­solve,’’ bench coach Joe McEwing said.

Left-han­der Gio Gon­za­lez will fill Lopez’s spot in the ro­ta­tion, McEwing said. Gon­za­lez had a rough first out­ing with the Sox, al­low­ing six earned runs in 3‰ in­nings af­ter tak­ing over for Lopez against the Twins.

Lopez got two outs and was charged with four runs. The Sox were hop­ing for a bounce-back sea­son from Lopez af­ter he posted a 5.38 ERA last sea­son.

Jimenez ‘im­proved a lot’

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez wasn’t in the lineup against the In­di­ans be­fore the game was rained out Mon­day, but McEwing said he had ‘‘im­proved a lot’’ af­ter crash­ing into the wall Sun­day and later com­ing out of the game be­cause of light­head­ed­ness.

McEwing said Jimenez woke up in Cleve­land ‘‘feel­ing pretty good,’’ played catch and hit off a tee.

‘‘We are just tak­ing the cor­rect mea­sures to mon­i­tor him the next cou­ple of days to see where he’s at,’’ McEwing said.

Hamil­ton, Goins join club

The Sox re­called right-han­der Ian Hamil­ton and in­fielder Ryan

Goins from their taxi squad in Schaum­burg and des­ig­nated in­fielder Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert for as­sign­ment.

Right-han­der Matt Foster and catcher Yer­min Mercedes are the taxi-squad play­ers who trav­eled to Cleve­land.

Let’s play two

The rain­out set up a tra­di­tional dou­ble­header Tues­day, with the first game start­ing at 2:40 p.m. Right-han­ders Dy­lan Cease of the Sox and Aaron Ci­vale of the In­di­ans, who were sched­uled to pitch Mon­day, will pitch in Game 1. Sox left-han­der Car­los Rodon will op­pose In­di­ans righthande­r Adam Plutko in Game 2.

JOHN ANTONOFF/SUN-TIMES (ABOVE), GETTY IMAGES

Sox right-han­der Michael Kopech threw six pitches clocked at 100 mph or faster in his only out­ing of spring train­ing in March. He filed for divorce from wife Vanessa Mor­gan (right) on June 19.

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