2022 Opening Day Roster/Injuries

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In addition to Garrett Crochet LHP, who is out for the season, and Lance Lynn RHP, who is out for 4-8 weeks, the White Sox will start the season with these players on the 10-Day or 15-Day Injured List:

  • Yoán Moncada INF – right oblique strain, day-to-day
  • Yermín Mercedes OF – left hamate fracture, expected back early to mid May
  • Ryan Burr RHP – right shoulder strain, day-to-day
  • Joe Kelly RHP – right biceps nerve injury, day-to-day

These gents will pick up the slack:

  • Jake Berger INF – recalled from Charlotte
  • Matt Foster RHP – recalled from Charlotte
  • Tanner Banks LHP – contract selected from Charlotte
  • Kyle Crick RHP – contract selected from Charlotte

Finally, Tim “No Regrets” Anderson will miss the first two games, serving a suspension for making contact with umpire Tim Timmons during a hullabaloo with the Tigers last September 27th.

So here’s what we’re working with…

2022 Opening Day Roster
Chicago White Sox

Week of April 26-May 2, 2021

Three-Game Series vs. Detroit Tigers

White Sox win series 2-1

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Tigers / José Ureña, RHP

L, 5-2, 12-10 (.545), L1 | LP: Lucas Giolito (1-2, 5.68) | Game 22

Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Luis Robert to Injured List

Luis Robert CF 88
MLB Advanced Media, LP

April 27—Luis Robert placed on 10-day injured list with flu-like symptoms.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – Rained Out
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Tigers / Casey Mize, RHP

Postponed due to rain. Rescheduled for tomorrow (April 29) at 3:10 pm CDT as the first game of a split doubleheader. Second game starts as scheduled at 7:10 pm CDT.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 3:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – Make up of April 28 (7 innings)
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Tigers / Casey Mize, RHP

W, 3-1, 13-10 (.565), W1 | WP: Carlos Rodón (4-0, 0.72, 36) | S: Liam Hendriks (5) | Game 23

Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – 7-inning game
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Tigers / Matthew Boyd, LHP

W, 11-0, 14-10 (.583), W2 | Dylan Cease (1-0, 2.96, 29) | Game 24

DEFENSE: Dylan Cease delivers what is surely the best start of his career, pitching a beautiful 3-hit, 7-inning shutout, striking out 9 with no walks. Cease dominates (he’s 7-0 against the Tigers) with an unpredictably varied fastball and effective off-speed pitching. His synergy with veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal is magnificent. OFFENSE: The White Sox score the first 7 runs on singles—4 in the 2nd, 3 in the 5th. But the 2-reliever, 10-at-bat bottom of the 5th inning is not over. Yoán Moncada (3-run HR) and Yermín Mercedes (solo HR–449’) extend the lead to 11-0—all before Alex Lange can get the last out. Rookie Andrew Vaughn goes 3 for 4. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Crochet to Injured List

Garrett Crochet LHP 45
MLB Advanced Media, LP

April 29—Prior to the start of today’s doubleheader, Garrett Crochet was placed on the 10-day injured list with an upper back strain, retroactive to April 26.

April 29—Luis Robert activated from IL

Three-Game Series vs. Cleveland Indians

Indians take series 2-1

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:10 PM CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Indians / Shane Bieber, RHP

L, 5-3, 14-11 (.560), L1 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (1-1) | Game 25

Turns out that 3 ER, 1 BB and 11 SO on 6.0 IP is a *bad* day for Not Justin (now 3-2, 2.76, 68). Dallas Keuchel gives up 4 ER, issues 4 BB, and strikes out 4 in his 6.0 IP. Sox are first on the board when Yermín Mercedes scores on a Luis Robert 2B (officially E8). Cleveland scores 4 runs in the 3rd (1B with 2 RBI, GO with 1 RBI, 1B wih 1 RBI off Keuchel), and the Sox take 2 back (Tim Anderson and Yoán Moncada 1Bs with 1 RBI each), making it 4-3 Cleveland until José Ramírez hits a solo HR off Evan Marshall in the 8th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:05 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Indians / Triston McKenzie, RHP

W, 7-3, 15-11 (.577), W1 | WP: Lance Lynn (2-1) | Game 26

Indians starter Triston McKenzie strikes out 5 of the first 6, then loads the bases with White Sox on BBs with 2 outs, before issuing a 4th run-scoring BB in the 2nd. Adding insult to injury, Tim Anderson launches a Grand Slam, making it 5-0 Sox. McKenzie answers by striking out Adam Eaton to end the inning. McKenzie strikes out 6 of 10 in the first 2 innings, but ends up down 5-0. Ouch. Lance Lynn pitches beautifully through 4 ⅔, then gives up 2 runs before making the 3rd out. In the 5th, Lynn retires 3 but lets an Austin Hedges solo HR through —2 SO, 2 BB, 4 H, 3 ER on the day. Reliever-starter Michael Kopech serves up a solid 3 innings (3 SO, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 R), lowering his ERA to 1.45. Aaron Bummer closes out the 9th, striking out 2 and fielding a soft GO for the win. Leury García 2B with 2 RBI in the 4th. Sox win with 7 runs on 4 hits. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

May 1—Lance Lynn activated from IL

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Indians / Zach Plesac, RHP

L, 5-0, 15-12 (.556), L1 | LP: Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.99) | Game 27

Indians starter Zach Plesac was determined to redeem his two previous losses against the White Sox. And he did—6 SO, 4 BB, 3 H, 0 R on 5 ⅔ IP. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito pitches a nice 5 ⅓ innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 1 ER (3 BB, 2 H), but his teammates are unable to score against Plesac. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Injury Luis Robert suffers a right hip flexor strain from an awkward fall near the bag on a ground-ball 1B in the 1st. X-rays are “negative.”

Louis Robert to Injured List (Again)

Luis Robert CF 88
MLB Advanced Media, LP

May 3—Luis Robert has suffered a complete tear of the right hip flexor and will be out for an extended period and may be out for the season. His logical replacement, Adam Engel, continues to recover from a strained right hamstring sustained in spring training. Engel and rookie Andrew Vaughn will likely share the starting center field position.