It’s too soon to anoint Jace Fry as the Chicago White Sox’s closer, but the rookie left-hander is showing he can definitely make a difference at the end of games.
On Sunday, the left-hander continued his staggering run of success, retiring the Texas Rangers in order in the ninth inning to earn his first major-league save.
“I’m just giddy inside,” Fry said. “Smiling. I can’t believe that it actually happened, now that it’s all said and done. Just extremely grateful.”
Since coming up from Class AAA Charlotte on May 4, the 24-year-old reliever has pitched 8⅓ innings. Fry hasn’t allowed a run — or a hit — while issuing 2 walks to go with 12 strikeouts.
“I’m not really feeling the pressure right now,” he said. “I’m really relaxed, calm, and just feeling good out there. Just 60 feet, 6 inches, just like any other day. Just feeling good.”
Garcia out until late June:
Some hamstring injuries are quick to heal, some are not.
Avisail Garcia is dealing with the latter scenario.
Out since April 23, when he pulled his right hamstring running to first base in a game against the Seattle Mariners, Garcia is facing a total layoff of at least two months.
During Sunday’s game against the Rangers, the White Sox announced last year’s all-star right fielder had another MRI that revealed the continued presence of a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Garcia is scheduled to receive PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections, and his rehabilitation activities will be limited for the next three weeks.
The Sox don’t expect Garcia to be ready for game action until late June.
All’s well with Abreu:
Good luck finding a more consistent hitter than Jose Abreu.
One of only three players in history (along with Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols) to begin his career with 25 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI in four straight seasons, Abreu also is fond of putting together lengthy hitting streaks.
The White Sox’s first baseman had a 10-game streak end Sunday when he went 0-for-4 in a 3-0 victory over Texas.
Since the 2014 season, Abreu has 10 hitting streaks of 10 or more games. That ties him with Jose Altuve, Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Murphy for the major-league lead.
“I think he’s just a mentally strong individual,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “His routines are the same. He’s consistent. He doesn’t get too high. He doesn’t get too low. I think he personifies a man that understands the complexity of the length of a major-league season and doesn’t allow little valleys and/or highs to affect him too much. He knows that they come and go.”
Up and running:
Making his first rehab start Saturday night, Carlos Rodon pitched 5 innings for low Class A Kannapolis and allowed 1 run on 3 hits.
While throwing 65 pitches, Rodon had 3 strikeouts and no walks.
“Really good,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He felt good. From all indications, he’s moving along very well, and we’re happy to see that.”
Rodon had arthroscopic shoulder surgery Sept. 27. The left-hander is scheduled to make at least one more minor-league start before rejoining the White Sox’s rotation.
Rodon’s next outing is scheduled for Thursday, with Class AAA Charlotte.