Covey will start the White Sox's final Cactus League game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Covey will get a chance to make a final impression on manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper after what was his best outing of the spring Saturday. If he fares well Wednesday, Covey could be the fill-in starter for Carlos Rodon.
Covey allowed three hits and one walk while striking out three in 3.2 scoreless innings against the Indians on Saturday, Scott Merkin of the White Sox's official site reports. Saturday's start had been scheduled for days, but it took on added significance in light of the news that Carlos Rodon (bicpes) would likely begin the regular season on the disabled list. Covey, a Rule 5 pick, is one of three starters being considered as a temporary fill-in for Rodon. He entered Saturday's start having allowed seven runs on nine hits in his last 3.2 innings but was much more aggressive in attacking hitters and produced his best outing of the spring. While encouraging, it was just one start, and he threw only 44 pitches. If he's a serious candidate to fill in for Rodon, the White Sox will have Covey stay back in Arizona when the major league team breaks camp and have him make a start in a minor league game to build up his innings and pitch counts.
Covey was mentioned as one possible candidate to fill in for starter Carlos Rodon (biceps), who is expected to start the season on the disabled list, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. The right-hander is starting Saturday afternoon against the Indians in a start that takes on a bit more significance due to Rodon's injury. How the White Sox plan to replace Rodon depends on a second medical opinion due early next week. In the event that Rodon misses only a start or two, general manager Rick Hahn is unlikely to have one of the team's highly regarded pitching prospects make the Charlotte-Chicago-Charlotte shuttle. That leaves Covey, a Rule 5 pick from the Athletics -- along with Tyler Danish and David Holmberg -- as possible replacements. Predictably, Covey, who has just six games of experience above the High-A level, has been knocked around this spring. He's allowed 10 runs on 16 hits and three walks while striking out just three in eight innings.
Covey allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two in 2.2 innings Saturday against Texas. The Rule 5 selection from Oakland got his second spring start while putative rotation member James Shields threw a simulated game in the back fields of Camelback Ranch. Covey's bid for a spot in the rotation is a long shot and certainly took a hit Saturday. He could emerge as a bullpen arm with a strong spring, but the 25-year-old who has not pitched above Double-A now sports a 6.43 ERA in seven spring innings.
Covey made his first start of the spring Friday, needing just 16 pitches to get through two scoreless innings in Friday's game against San Diego. Covey was selected by the White Sox during the Rule 5 draft this past winter after the right-hander impressed watchers of the Arizona Fall League. The rebuilding White Sox are in a position to maintain a project like Covey, who throws a four-seamer, a sinker (his best offering), a curveball and a changeup. If the 25-year-old is to make the roster, it would likely be as a reliever, presumably in low-leverage situations.