Sox de­mote Lopez, re­call Flores

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

The White Sox op­tioned strug­gling righthande­r Rey­naldo Lopez to their Schaum­burg train­ing fa­cil­ity Thurs­day and re­called lefthander Bernardo Flores Jr.

Lopez, 26, was be­ing counted on as the Sox’ No. 3 starter and a key to the team’s suc­cess, but he’s out of the ro­ta­tion with an 0-2 record and 8.38 ERA in four starts. He lasted only 1⅔ in­nings Wed­nes­day night in the Sox’ 8-1 loss to the Twins and hasn’t pitched more than four in­nings in four starts.

With their last two days off of the sea­son com­ing up Mon­day and next Thurs­day, a fifth starter won’t be needed for two weeks. If Lopez comes back, pitch­ing out of the bullpen hasn’t been ruled out.

“I think all op­tions are on the ta­ble,” man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said. “We need to have him able to help us. He’s got a good arm.”

Lopez was the Sox’ best starter in 2018, when he had a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts, but re­gressed to a 5.38 ERA in 33 starts last sea­son. A sore shoul­der landed him on the in­jured list this sea­son af­ter his first start against the Twins in which he did not fin­ish the first in­ning.

“We’ll see if we can get him back on track,” Ren­te­ria said.

Vet­eran left-han­der Gio Gon­za­lez, who has made four starts but is on the in­jured list with a groin strain, is throw­ing at the train­ing fa­cil­ity in Schaum­burg and would be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn Sun­day.

Sox his­tory buff

Flores, 24, al­lowed two runs in his ma­jor­league de­but Thurs­day, pitch­ing the eighth in­ning, though he was a starter in the mi­nors. He was 27-26 with a 3.18 ERA in four sea­sons in the Sox’ sys­tem.

He is more well-versed in Sox his­tory than most play­ers and owns his share of Sox garb, in­clud­ing a 1990s Starter jacket and Disco De­mo­li­tion Night T-shirt, which he brought along to Kansas City.

Flores was with the Sox as the 29th man for a dou­ble­header on Aug. 15 against the Car­di­nals but did not pitch.

“A call-up to the ma­jor leagues is some­thing I’ve been dream­ing about since I was a very young kid,” he said.

An­der­son is Sox’ Cle­mente Award nom­i­nee

For a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, short­stop Tim An­der­son is the Sox’ nom­i­nee for the Roberto Cle­mente Award, given to the player that best rep­re­sents base­ball through ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ter, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, phi­lan­thropy and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions, on and off the field.

An­der­son, who sin­gled, walked with the bases full and hit his sev­enth homer in his first three plate ap­pear­ances Thurs­day, is at­tempt­ing to be­come the first Sox player to lead the Amer­i­can League in bat­ting av­er­age in back-to-back sea­sons.

He was sec­ond in the AL at .333 through Wed­nes­day be­hind Fran­mil Reyes (.335) and was bat­ting .500 against left­ies af­ter the home run.

This and that

First base­man Jose Abreu ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 18 games.

† In­fielder Ryan Goins cleared waivers and was out­righted to Schaum­burg and added to the taxi squad.

Right-han­der Drew An­der­son was re­leased.

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With an 0-2 record and 8.38 ERA in four starts, Rey­naldo Lopez was sent to Schaum­burg.

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