Holmberg was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Holmberg, who has been with the White Sox since May, has been an oft-used reliever since being bumped out of the starting rotation, posting a 5.45 ERA over his last 18 appearances. Nonetheless, he serves as the roster casualty with Reynaldo Lopez being recalled ahead of his White Sox debut Friday. Holmberg will return to Triple-A for now, where he posted a 1.76 ERA over 15.1 innings earlier this season before being brought up.
Holmberg will be shifted to the bullpen, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. With the return of Carlos Rodon from the DL (biceps), Holmberg's role as a starter will end for the time being. In his most recent start Monday, he gave up two earned runs off five hits and four walks, while striking out just two and taking the loss against the Yankees. The 25-year-old has been a solid contributor for the White Sox this year, and will look to have a high-leverage role out of the bullpen if he can reign in his command (22:15 K:BB).
Holmberg (1-2) allowed six runs -- just two earned -- on five hits and four walks while striking out two batters through 5.1 innings during Monday's loss to the Yankees. While this was a tough result for Holmberg, the lefty still sports a respectable 2.92 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through his six starts in the majors this season. However, with a 5.4 K/9 and 4.65 FIP, expectations for him should probably remain in check. Another high-powered offense is on deck for Holmberg, as his next start projects to come against Texas at Chicago's hitter-friendly home park, Guaranteed Rate Field.
Holmberg (1-1) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in Wednesday's loss to the Twins. Holmberg had shown some promise over his first 27.1 innings spanning 12 appearances as a swingman, but things didn't go nearly so well this time. Once considered a fairly promising starter in the minors, he's seen his career stagnate in recent seasons, and with a modest 20:11 K:BB this year. Holmberg may not be able to sustain his solid early numbers.
Holmberg will start Wednesday in place of Miguel Gonzalez (shoulder), Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. With James Shields returning after a lengthy stay on the disabled list, Holmberg was heading back to the bullpen, but he got a reprieve from long relief when the White Sox sent Gonzalez to the disabled list. The left-hander will make at least one more start against the Twins in Minnesota. Gonzalez was able to throw out to 60 feet Sunday after receiving a cortisone shot, so the White Sox are hopeful his absence won't be a prolonged one.