Pelfrey will return to the bullpen this week with the White Sox naming Dylan Covey as their starter for Tuesday's game against the Royals, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. After Carlos Rodon was surprisingly shut down for the season last week due to left shoulder inflammation, Pelfrey was called upon to make a spot start in his stead and didn't offer much to write home about, surrendering seven runs on eight hits (including three home runs) and three walks over four innings in a loss to the Indians. Since the 33-year-old is set to become a free agent this winter and doesn't factor into the White Sox's long-term plans, the team will instead see if the less experienced, but higher-ceiling Covey can offer an upgrade at the back end of the rotation. Expect any appearances Pelfrey makes over the final few weeks of the season to come as a mop-up man in long relief.
Pelfrey (3-11) was shelled for seven runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts over four innings while taking the loss Thursday against the Indians. Pelfrey got off to a terrible start, surrendering a triple, an RBI double, a walk and a three-run homer to his first four batters faced. He gave up another long ball to begin the second inning and allowed a third home run in the third. The veteran right-hander was just filling in for Carlos Rodon (shoulder) and isn't expected to get another turn in the rotation unless another injury crops up.
Pelfrey will start Thursday against the Indians, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Carlos Rodon (shoulder) was scratched and Pelfrey will toe the rubber in his absence. Pelfrey hasn't thrown more than 52 pitches in an appearance over the past three weeks, so it will essentially be a bullpen game for Chicago.
Pelfrey will move to the bullpen, effective immediately, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Pelfrey has struggled as a starter this year -- compiling an unsightly 5.09 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through 19 starts (93.1 innings) -- prompting the White Sox to shift him to the bullpen as they give youngster Reynaldo Lopez a chance in the rotation. Pelfrey owns an awful 59:47 K:BB this season, so even if he significantly drops his ERA as a reliever, he won't offer much fantasy intrigue.
Pelfrey (3-10) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out just two batters through 5.2 innings during Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. The veteran righty has now surrendered 17 runs through 16.1 innings over his past three starts and is up to a 5.31 ERA and 1.51 WHIP for the campaign. His 5.6 K/9 isn't moving the fantasy needle, either. In ripe matchups, Pelfrey could be utilized as a streaming option or low-priced flier in daily contests, but even then, expectations should be kept in check. However, pay attention to the White Sox's transactions this week. Reynaldo Lopez could be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to start Friday. If so, someone currently in the rotation may be removed, and Pelfrey makes the most sense, schedule-wise. If he remains in the rotation, his next turn lines up to face the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field this coming weekend.