Banuelos was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left shoulder inflammation. Banuelos apparently picked up the injury during his most recent appearance, which came in relief against the Yankees over the weekend. The severity of the issue is not yet known, leaving the left-hander without a timetable for his return. Dylan Covey was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
Banuelos allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 4.2 innings during a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-5 win over Washington. Banuelos, who ceded a two-run, first-inning home run to Anthony Rendon, was in position for a win, but he couldn't get out of the fifth inning. He battled location issues throughout, but Banuelos managed to keep the Nationals off the board after the opening frame. Tuesday's outing was considered a spot start, so Banuelos should head back to the bullpen moving forward.
Banuelos will start Tuesday's game against Washington, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. A pair of off days allowed the White Sox to skip Banuelos' turn in the rotation last time through, and the righty hasn't pitched since May 30. He owns a 7.36 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in 40.1 innings.
Manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that Banuelos will have his turn in the rotation skipped during the upcoming week, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. With only five games on the docket this week, the White Sox will get by with a four-man rotation, setting Reynaldo Lopez up for starts Tuesday in Washington and Sunday in Kansas City. After covering 5.1 innings in his last start May 30, Banuelos should be available out of the bullpen on his normal four days' rest when the White Sox kick off their two-game set with the Nationals. Unless Chicago decides to promote top pitching prospect Dylan Cease from Triple-A Charlotte within the next week, Banuelos should re-enter the rotation when a fifth starter is needed again July 11 versus the Nationals in Chicago.
Banuelos (2-4) took the loss Saturday as the White Sox lost 8-1 to the Twins. He struck out four and allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. Shaky defense by the White Sox cost Banuelos, as the first two runs scored on a first-inning C.J. Cron double that should have been caught by Charlie Tilson. However, he also allowed three fourth-inning runs on a two run-single to Cron and an Ehire Adrianza RBI single. The southpaw wasn't particularly sharp, throwing just 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, and he now holds an ugly 7.71 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and a 36:22 K:BB. Banuelos will try to get on the winning track in his next start Thursday at home against Cleveland.