Petricka underwent season-ending hip surgery Friday. Petricka's 2016 season is officially over as he went under the knife Friday to repair an impingement in his hip. The 28-year old now faces a long road to recovery but should be fully healed by the time spring training rolls around next season.
Manager Robin Ventura said Petricka is still dealing with a sore hip and is not yet ready to return from the disabled list, the Chicago Tribune reports. Petricka could have come off the disabled list earlier in the week, but he will instead remain on the DL for an indeterminate amount of time. His absence has allowed Matt Purke to remain on the active roster.
Petricka was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with a left hip impingement. The move is retroactive to May 2, so he could return as soon as May 17 against the Astros. Tommy Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A to take his spot in the bullpen in the meantime.
Petricka pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, only allowing a walk, in the Whites Sox's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Thursday. Petricka has emerged as a reliable bullpen member as he's now pitched at least 50 innings in relief the past two years for the White Sox. He'll likely continue to serve as a mid-to-late inning reliever during his year-27 season.
Petricka is fine and was removed from Saturday's game as a precaution, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. A line drive grazed his right shoulder Saturday, but it sounds like Petricka will be fine moving forward.