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 underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Chicago's statement says that "Kopech is expected to make a full recovery in time to fully participate at spring training prior to the 2020 season," so it doesn't sound as though the White Sox have any thought of trying to get him back at the end of next season, which would have been a long shot at best.
Kopech (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday.
The move officially ends Kopech's 2018 season as he potentially faces Tommy John surgery. The surgery has not officially been announced as the 22-year-old seeks a second opinion prior to going under the knife.
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.
Kopech (1-1) took the loss Wednesday as the Tigers tamed the White Sox 10-2, coughing up seven runs on nine hits -- including four home runs -- and a walk over 3.1 innings while striking out six.
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.
Kopech did not factor into the decision Friday when he allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over three scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox.
For the second time in three starts, the young right-hander was forced to leave a start due to rain. Kopech was wild to start the night, hitting Mookie Betts with his first pitch and issuing a four-pitch walk to Andrew Benintendi, but he settled in after picking off Betts. Kopech is next scheduled to pitch Wednesday at home against the Tigers.
Kopech (1-0) allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four across six innings as he notched the victory Sunday against the Tigers.
In just his second career start, Kopech produced an impressive outing, as he managed to surrender just one run despite a fair amount of traffic on the bases. Although the sample size is small, Kopech has found success in the big leagues so far, allowing just one run on 10 hits while fanning eight over eight frames. The 22-year-old will face a tough Boston lineup his next time through the rotation, as he's slated to pitch Friday.
Kopech, who made his major-league debut Tuesday, will next start Sunday against the Tigers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Chicago was abuzz Tuesday for Kopech's debut, but many were disappointed that a 52-minute rain delay ended the flamethrowing right-hander's night after just two innings. He was pleased to throw all of his pitches for strikes and was most happy to be able to spot his changeup, a major final hurdle in his development at Triple-A Charlotte. "That I was able to throw the changeup with good command, good action and have them swing over it was probably the highlight of my night," Kopech said.
Kopech struck out four in two scoreless innings Tuesday against the Twins, issuing three hits and no walks.
Kopech made his MLB debut Tuesday, throwing 52 pitches (35 strikes) in the start while allowing no extra-base hits and hitting a batter. Unfortunately, a lengthy rain delay led to an abbreviated outing. The 22-year-old went 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 170 strikeouts in 24 starts (126.1 innings) for Triple-A Charlotte prior to his promotion, and he figures to remain with the White Sox pitching staff for the remainder of the year.
Kopech was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday to start against the Twins.
As expected, Kopech was summoned from the minors ahead of his highly-anticipated big-league debut. The flamethrowing 22-year-old compiled a 3.70 ERA and 170:60 K:BB across 24 starts (126.1 innings) with the Knights prior to earning a promotion. Kopech has struggled with his command at times, but he's shown improvement over his last seven starts, walking just four while striking out 59. Even if his ERA and WHIP aren't stellar in his first go around with the White Sox, he has the potential to provide a serious strikeout boost to fantasy owners over the stretch run.
Kopech will make his major-league debut Tuesday against the Twins.
Kopech, part of the package which sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox prior to the 2017 season, has long been seen as a flamethrower whose command may hold him back from reaching his frontline starter ceiling. A quick glance at his season line suggests that's still the case, as his walk rate sits at a worryingly high 11.1 percent in 24 starts for Triple-A Charlotte. He hasn't walked a single batter in his last three starts, however, and has walked a total of just four in his last seven, striking out 59 over that stretch. He has the potential to provide a major strikeout boost to fantasy owners down the stretch, even if his ERA and WHIP are mediocre.
Kopech pitched seven scoreless innings and didn't walk a batter while striking out nine Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte.
This was the third time in the last four starts that Kopech hasn't issued a free pass. Going back further, the right-hander has walked just four over his last six starts, spanning 38 innings. Command of his fastball, leading to a high walk rate, has been one major reason cited for keeping Kopech in the minors, but this most recent stretch suggests the time is right to bring him up to Chicago.
Kopech allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out nine with no walks over seven innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
Kopech has commanded his fastball much better of late, walking just four batters over his last 31 innings, which has allowed him to work deeper into games. White Sox player development director Chris Getz told Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune that Kopech has grown confident in his changeup while adding there's a chance his callup "happens very soon."
Kopech allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
The White Sox have been patient with Kopech, their top pitching prospect who has battled command issues all season. However, the organization might be tempted to bring the right-hander up to Chicago. He's whittled more than a run off his ERA over the last eight starts, a stretch in which Kopech has a 2.66 ERA, and he's walked just four batters over his last 24 innings, a vast improvement on his 5.1 BB/9 in 2018.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn wants to see more from Kopech at Triple-A Charlotte before elevating the right-hander to the major-league roster, Tom Musick of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Kopech appears to have fixed the command issues that bedeviled him for much of this season, posting 24 strikeouts against just two walks over his last three outings (17 innings). That includes Thursday's win, his first start all season without a walk. His numbers indicate that Kopech looks ready for a promotion, but Hahn stresses the organization has a longer checklist. "Not until they've answered all those questions we have for them at the minor-league level will we promote them," said Hahn, referring to both Kopech and outfielder Eloy Jimenez.
Kopech allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out 11 over six innings for Triple-A Charlotte in Saturday's win over Durham.
Kopech was in command from the start, a rarity for the flame-throwing right-hander. He recorded a strike on 70 of his 96 pitches, and the one walk matched a season low. He's been up and down all season but has three quality starts in his last four outings. Charlotte pitching coach Steve McCatty told Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune that Kopech didn't overthrow, which helped keep him in the zone. "When you're trying to throw 100 all the time, other things get out of whack," McCatty said. Kopech's fastball lived in the 95-97 mph range and topped out at 99.
Kopech allowed four runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batsman while striking out six over three innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
Just when it seems Kopech is poised to go on a run, he takes a step backwards. He had given up one earned run over his last two starts while pitching six innings in both, but ran into the same command problems Thursday that have bogged him down all season. Kopech leads the International League in strikeouts (111), but that's tempered by his league-high 56 walks and 11 hit batters over 82.1 innings.
Kopech allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks while striking out eight for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
Getting deep into games has been problematic for Kopech, so seeing him throw six innings for the second straight game is an encouraging sign. However, the right-hander continued to wrestle with command, throwing just 54 of his 97 pitches for strikes while hitting a batter. He leads the International League with 105 strikeouts while also topping the circuit in walks (52) and hit batsmen (10) over 79.1 innings.
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