General manager Rick Hahn said Covey is in the mix for the White Sox's final rotation spot, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Hahn mentioned Manny Banuelos as another option, while he also noted that the team could bring in another arm prior to spring training. Covey made 21 starts and six relief appearances for the White Sox in 2018, compiling a 5.18 ERA and 91:52 K:BB across 121.2 innings.
Covey allowed five runs on six hits and two walks across six innings to take the loss Sunday against the Twins. He struck out three. Covey threw 66 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced 11 groundball outs, but he took a shellacking in the middle innings to sink him to his 14th loss. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in the fourth inning and gave up another pair via a two-run home run in the sixth. This was a disappointing end to the season for Covey, who had delivered back-to-back scoreless outings in his previous two. He finishes the campaign with a 5.18 ERA and will look to step up his performance next year.
Covey tossed six scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Indians, allowing six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Covey matched opposing starter Corey Kluber through six innings, scattering baserunners and making timely pitches to keep the visitors off the board. He induced eight groundball outs and matched his second-highest strikeout total of the season. Covey has been outstanding over his last two appearances, tossing 12 scoreless innings while striking out 12 and delivering a pair of quality starts. He still owns a disappointing 5.06 ERA for the season, but he'll look to finish on a high note this weekend against the Twins.
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.