Kopech (elbow) has increased his throwing distance to 75 feet, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Kopech continues to make steady progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, though he's still not expected to return at any point this year. He underwent the procedure in September, which should give him time to be ready to take part in spring training of 2020.
Kopech (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday.
The transaction has no impact on Kopech's return timeline, as he's not expected to return at any point this season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The move allows the White Sox to add Josh Osich to the roster after he was claimed off waivers from Baltimore.
Kopech (elbow) threw Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Kopech underwent the procedure in September after making just four starts in his rookie season. It's certainly a positive that he's already resumed throwing, but there's no expectation that he'll be back in game action at any point this season, given that recovery from the surgery typically takes over 12 months.
Kopech has a UCL tear and has been recommended for Tommy John surgery, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
While his top-end velocity hadn't quite been up to his usual levels in his past few starts, this still comes out of nowhere and is obviously devastating news for Kopech and the White Sox. Kopech is now facing the likelihood of missing all of 2019. The team released a statement confirming the report but said that Kopech will receive a second opinion before any decisions are made regarding surgery.
The rookie was catching far too much of the plate on the night, and in total six of Detroit's nine hits went for extra bases. Chalk it up as a learning experience for Kopech, who still has a strong 15:2 K:BB through his first 14.1 big-league innings. He'll next take the mound Tuesday in Kansas City.
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