There was no corresponding transaction with the move, so the White Sox could just be earmarking a spot on the 40-man roster for one of their non-roster invitees. Regardless, Covey never had a realistic shot at breaking camp with the White Sox, as he was able to do last season almost solely on his status as a Rule 5 selection. The 26-year-old, who hadn't pitched above the Double-A level prior to last season, looked woefully overmatched during his time with the White Sox, submitting a 7.71 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 41:34 K:BB over 70 innings.
Covey, a Rule 5 draft pick last year, stayed with Chicago for the entire season, but his numbers suggest he's not yet ready for prime time. In 18 games -- 12 of them starts -- the right-hander finished 0-7 with a 7.78 ERA. That outcome was utterly predictable given that Covey entered 2017 with just six games of experience at Double-A. The organization no longer needs to harbor him on the major-league roster, so we fully expect the White Sox to allow him to develop in the minors.
Covey gave up four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Thursday.
While this wasn't a particularly strong performance, Covey at least allowed the White Sox to hang around, leaving the door open for a late-inning rally. Covey dropped all seven of his decisions this season and has posted the lowest K-BB% among the 262 major-league arms with at least 60 innings pitched in 2017. It's hard to imagine he will get another look in a big-league rotation.
Covey (0-7) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three batters over six innings to take the loss against Kansas City on Saturday.
After a stint pitching out of the bullpen, Covey has started each of his last three appearances and has allowed 12 runs over 15.1 innings in that span. However, it's worth noting that the 26-year-old righty was clearly better Saturday than he was in his previous two outings. Covey's 7.83 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 5.0 K/9 makes him a high-risk fantasy option for his next projected start against the Angels at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Covey (0-6) allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks across 3.2 innings while taking the loss Sunday against the Tigers. He struck out three.
Covey constantly put men aboard and was scored upon at least once in all four innings in which he pitched. He threw just 51 percent of his pitches for strikes, tying the season high in free passes he set in his previous outing. Covey has been given the opportunity to contribute down the stretch, but he has allowed 19 runs over his last 19.1 innings to raise his ERA to an unsightly 8.18 for the year. He is scheduled to remain in the rotation for Saturday's start against the Royals.
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