KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox’ bullpen has a significant void to fill with right-hander Nate Jones going on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strain in his left hip muscle.
Right-handers Daniel Webb and Maikel Cleto will move up in the pen pecking order. Right-hander Jake Petricka was called up from Class AAA Charlotte and was put to work immediately, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Erik Johnson.
A candidate this spring to be the Sox’ closer, Jones wasn’t himself in his appearances Wednesday and Thursday. He failed to retire a batter, walked three and gave up two runs and was charged with four runs. It was thought he had recovered from a left glute strain after he got a late start in spring training. But the hip injury is related to the glute issue, and it was affecting him late in camp, it was revealed Friday.
“Something must be in there to make him throw like that,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
“You can’t have a guy going out there unless he’s feeling right, and if he feels discomfort, you can do a lot of damage trying to adjust and do something else. It’s just better to get him healed up.’’
Petricka, 25, pitched in 16 games for the Sox late last season, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.
“I knew I had a shot to get up here soon,’’ Petricka said. “I just had no idea it could be this soon, but I’m open for the challenge and ready to go.
“It sucks being here because of an injury, but it’s part of the game, and I wish him the best of luck in his recovery.’’
Ventura said Petricka’s confidence level has “gone way up” since last season and the Sox expect him to excel.