Covey (1-1) held Baltimore to one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts through seven innings to pick up his first major league win Wednesday night.
Covey was 0-8 across two seasons entering Wednesday's contest but was finally able to break the schneid with a gem. His fastball topped out at a blazing 97.1 mph and induced nine swinging strikes and 10 outs in play. He leaned on it, as the two-seamer made up 80 of his 104 pitches, but when it's that electric, he won't need much else to get by. Covey replaced the demoted Carson Fulmer in the rotation, so given this performance, expect him to get another turn next Monday in Cleveland.
Covey will start Wednesday against the Orioles, Tom Musick of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Covey was recently recalled from Triple-A Charlotte after the White Sox demoted Carson Fulmer. Covey, who was a Rule 5 selection in 2017 that stuck with the White Sox, will be looking for his first big-league win. He was 0-8 with a 7.58 ERA in 19 games (13 starts) for Chicago last season.
Covey was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
Covey has only made one appearance for the White Sox this season -- a spot start in late April -- but he's impressed at the Triple-A level, posting a 2.33 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 38.2 innings in Charlotte's rotation. He is tentatively in line to start Wednesday's game against Baltimore, but it's likely that he will be available out of the bullpen immediately should manager Rick Renteria need him.
Covey was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
As expected, Covey will head back to the minors after making a spot start in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals. The 26-year-old held his own in his 2018 big-league debut, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three across six innings of work. He'll reenter Triple-A Charlotte's rotation, where he owns a 2.95 ERA (5.15 FIP) through four starts. Covey will remain an option to make a spot start down the line should an opportunity arise.
Covey's contract was purchased from Triple-A on Saturday and he will start Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Royals, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
He was outrighted off the 40-man roster this offseason, but the White Sox needed a spot starter, and he will get the call with a corresponding roster move to be determined. Covey has a shiny 2.95 ERA at Triple-A, but his 5.15 FIP and below-average 18 percent strikeout rate do a better job illustrating how good he has been. He should be avoided in most formats, and could be sent back to Triple-A after the twin bill.
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