Gomez (shoulder) was reassigned to minor-league camp, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Gomez battled through a shoulder injury and hadn't pitched since March 7 until he got back on the mound Friday against the Mariners. He allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over 8.1 innings this spring.
Gomez (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch Friday against the Mariners, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports. Gomez has been dealing with a sore shoulder for the past 10 days. After flaming out with the Phillies last season to the tune of a 7.25 ERA in 22.1 innings, he has a shot to make Chicago's bullpen this year, though he'll need to prove he's healthy for that to happen. He's pitched well so far this spring, allowing no runs in 7.2 innings.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that Gomez has been temporarily shut down with a sore shoulder, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "A little sore. Nothing of concern," Renteria said, regarding Gomez's status. Gomez is expected to play catch Monday and could be cleared to return to spring action later in the week if he endures no setbacks in his recovery. The veteran opened last season as the Phillies' closer before quickly surrendering that role, then was released by the team after failing to find his footing in middle relief. After inking a minor-league deal with the White Sox in January, Gomez has put himself in the mix for a bullpen gig by rattling off five scoreless appearances to kick off the spring.
Gomez signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Gomez broke camp as the Phillies' closer to start the 2017 campaign, but it all went downhill from there. He quickly lost his ninth-inning job after allowing five runs in his first three appearances (15.00 ERA). Gomez continued to struggle in low-leverage work until he was ultimately released in mid-June. The soon-to-be 30-year-old then spent time in the minors with Milwaukee and Seattle, but never worked his way back to the majors. He'll push for a spot in the White Sox's bullpen, though it's difficult to see him returning to high-leverage work even if a strong spring earns him a spot on the team's Opening Day roster.
Gomez exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Mariners on Sunday and will become a free agent, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. With a promotion to the big leagues seemingly not imminent for Gomez, the pitcher requested his release from the organization to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The 29-year-old made five appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, giving up one run over 5.2 innings.
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