The White Sox reassigned pitchers Brad Penny and Scott Carroll to minor-league camp on Thursday. Manager Robin Ventura hinted that his 25-man roster will be set on Friday, per the Chicago Tribune. Penny, 36, told reporters he's fine with opening the season at Triple-A Charlotte. He finished the spring with a 6.89 ERA over 15 2/3 innings. Carroll allowed two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings of work in Cactus League play.
The White Sox scratched Brad Penny in favor of Scott Carroll on Tuesday against the Mariners due to an illness, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Penny, has allowed 12 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in Cactus League play.
The White Sox paid $100,000 retention bonuses pitchers Brad Penny and Jessie Crain to keep them in the organization, Yahoo! Sports reports. Penny has given up 12 earned runs in 15 2/3 spring innings. Crain hasn't pitched in major-league action this spring due to continued shoulder soreness.
White Sox pitcher Brad Penny struggled in Thursday's spring loss to the Dodgers, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings while striking out two. "I went out there and I was kind of letting it go, throwing more than pitching," Penny said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I got behind. I was working on the cutter today, which I thought was better than it has been. So, just too many balls over the plate." Penny is competing for a spot in the team's opening rotation while Chris Sale is sidelined. He's put together a 6.89 ERA in 15 2/3 innings this spring.
White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon , the third overall pick in last year's amateur draft, made his third start of the spring on Monday. Rodon had a shaky first inning, giving up two runs on a hit, two walks and a hit batter. After allowing a hit to start the second inning, he retired the final six batters he faced, striking out three and lowering his spring ERA to 6.14. He threw 49 pitches, 28 of them strikes, in the outing. Rodon took a rotation spot after Chris Sale went down with a foot injury in the spring. And, while Sale is expected to miss at least a few starts in the opening weeks of the season, Rodon may not be the one to fill the spot. Veteran RHP Brad Penny , who has a 3.52 ERA this spring, may get the call instead, because the White Sox don't want to send Rodon back down after Sale returns to the rotation. "The last thing you want is: bring him up when he's not ready just to throw him into a game and send him back down," manager Robin Ventura told JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago. "But a guy like him, he works so hard to get to this point, you don't want it to be a short stint, you want him when he comes up he's ready to go and you keep him there." "He's a horse," Ventura said. "He goes out there, he's big and strong, there's all those things that you like to see in a pitcher that he has."
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