Colome allowed three runs on five hits while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Athletics. Colome had been a bright spot in a bullpen that's been beat up in the Cactus League. He went unscathed over his first three spring outings before his troubles Sunday when he fell behind batters and missed on a few pitches. He's still expected to be the closer, although manager Rick Renteria has not made that official.
Colome allowed one hit over one scoreless inning Thursday against the Brewers. Colome has been unscathed in three spring outings with Thursday's hit being the first demerit on his record. Everything points to the 30-year-old right-hander closing out games for the White Sox.
Colome retired all three batters faced in Monday's game against the Angels. Colome has appeared in two spring games, setting down the side in order each time. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't named a closer yet, but Colome is expected to fill the role.
Colome pitched a perfect inning in Thursday's game against Seattle. Colome made quick work of Jay Bruce, Edwin Encarnacion and Kyle Seager in a scoreless third inning. He's the leading candidate to close games for the White Sox.
The White Sox are talking more about Colome as their closer than Kelvin Herrera, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The White Sox acquired Colome and Herrera during the offseason and fueled speculation about Chicago's closer role. Both hurlers have endgame experience, but Colome cost them a good-hitting catcher in Omar Narvaez. The price to acquire him, plus Herrera getting over surgery to repair a Lisfranc ligament injury, gives Colome a slight edge. However, we still expect it to be a legitimate competition in spring training. Ultimately, whether it's Colome or Herrera as the closer, the White Sox feel they've locked down the eighth and ninth innings.