Covey didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Cleveland, allowing two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings while striking out five. The right-hander pitched more than well enough to record his sixth win of the year, but a ninth-inning meltdown by the bullpen instead left Covey empty-handed. His 5.33 ERA on the campaign isn't particularly appealing, but he's lined up for a two-start week to close out the season, facing Cleveland again at home Monday before a road start in Minnesota on Saturday.
Covey will remain in the rotation as the replacement for Michael Kopech, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Covey gave up five runs over 4.1 innings when filling in for Kopech on Tuesday, picking up his 13th loss and raising his ERA to 5.64. Despite the unappealing numbers, he'll keep a turn in the rotation next week against the Indians. He's in line to pitch Tuesday, but with a day off Monday, he could be pushed back a day to allow Carlos Rodon to stay on schedule.
Covey (5-13) gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday, recording four strikeouts and three walks in 4.1 innings. Covey made his first start since heading to the bullpen Aug. 19. The 27-year-old now carries a 5.64 ERA in 24 games (18 starts) and a 76:46 K:BB in 103.2 innings this season. If he remains in the rotation, Covey will take on the Indians in Cleveland in his next start.
Covey is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Royals, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Covey is set to rejoin the rotation in place of Michael Kopech, who was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a UCL tear that could ultimately require Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old righty has started 17 games for the White Sox this season, compiling an unsightly 5.87 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 65:39 K:BB across 87.1 innings in those outings.
Covey is moving to the bullpen, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The White Sox set their rotation for the next four days and Covey is not on the list of projected starters. As anticipated, Covey is being replaced by top prospect Michael Kopech, who made his major-league debut Tuesday. Covey will likely pitch in long relief and be a spot starter if needed.