The White Sox entered the ninth with an eight-run lead, but that lead shrank to three by the time Jones entered. Jones has gone nearly a month without surrendering a walk, but he remains firmly behind David Robertson (and Zach Duke?) in the team's closer pecking order.
The move is not yet official, but Davidson was a healthy scratch from Wednesday's game and the team optioned Matt Purke later in the evening. The move would bolster an incredibly thin White Sox bench, and he could see time at DH and both corner infield spots. Davidson is in the midst of his best season in the White Sox organization, posting a .792 OPS to go with his 26 percent K-rate.
Hellickson (back) will start Thursday against the Royals, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Hellickson was pulled from his last start with a sore back, but the injury was obviously minor. He will face off against Ian Kennedy at home Thursday.
Shields (1-2) gave up eight hits but just an earned run and a walk over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's 9-6 victory over the Twins. He struck out five.
The veteran righty, who sports an overall 3-9 record on the season when factoring in the Padres portion of his campaign, needed this one in the worst way. Shields had pretty much been catastrophic over his first three trips to the mound with Chicago, yielding 24 hits and 22 runs (21 earned) over 8.2 innings. He parted the dark clouds a bit against the Red Sox of all offenses in his last start on June 23, and really seemed to hit his stride Wednesday. He fired 61 of 93 pitches for strikes, while notching first-pitch strikes on 17 of 27 hitters. The last pair of outings are certainly a step in the right direction, and he'll try to build on them when he faces the Yankees on Monday.
Nolasco (3-6) gave up nine hits, seven earned runs and a walk over 5.2 innings in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the White Sox. He struck out five.
The veteran righty was largely derailed by the long ball once again, giving up bombs to Brett Lawrie, Tyler Saladino and Todd Frazier. Nolasco managed to notch first-pitch strikes on 19 of the 27 batters he faced but was otherwise mostly ineffective. After a late May-mid-June stretch that saw him post quality starts in four of five trips to the mound, the 33-year-old's performance has started to deteriorate once again. Over his last two starts, Nolasco has given up 19 hits and 11 earned runs, including four homers, over 12.1 innings. He'll look to rebound against Oakland next Monday.