Right-hander Carson Fulmer will get a second start after failing terribly in the first one of his major-league career, and there could be more opportunities in September for the 2015 No. 8 pick in the draft to prove that starting is his wave of the future.
Fulmer, 23, hasn’t done much as a pro to suggest it is. He had an 8.48 ERA in eight relief appearances for the White Sox in 2016.
He had a 5.79 ERA in 25 starts for Class AAA Charlotte in 2017 and got routed in his first start Aug. 21 against the Twins, getting only four outs and allowing six earned runs, four hits and three walks.
Fulmer has the pitch mix to get it done as he showed in two relief appearances, giving up a run in two innings Saturday against the Rays and holding the Indians scoreless in 2„ innings Tuesday.
On Sunday, he gets another clean start against the Giants at home.
“His start this Sunday will be a tell,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. “The times we use him to relieve will be a tell. We are still trying to define. His desire is to be a starter.’’
As Renteria said, most relievers were starters at some point, but for Fulmer, “that story has yet to be written. We don’t know yet what he’s going to be.’’
Renteria indicated Fulmer, Dylan Covey and David Holmberg might get starts in that spot. Fulmer has the highest pedigree.
“We think he can start,’’ Renteria said. “He believes he can start, and we’ll run the table and see what happens.’’
Petricka returns to DL
Right-hander Jake Petricka went on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right elbow, and outfielder Willy Garcia (concussion) left for Class A Kannapolis on a rehabilitation assignment.
This is the third trip to the DL for the 29-year-old Petricka (1-1, 7.01 ERA in 25‰ innings), whose season is likely over. He also was on the disabled list from June 26 to July 27 with a strained right elbow and from April 5 to June 8 with a strained right lat.
Petricka described this setback as “very minor,’’ similar to his last elbow problem, except that this one came on gradually.
“Right now it’s, ‘Really? Again?’ ’’ Petricka said. “But we push our bodies to the limit every day we go out there, and sometimes it just doesn’t hold up.
“It’s just another bump in the road we’ve got to take care of.’’
Petricka had 14 saves in 2014 and entered the season with a 3.31 ERA.
“Frustrating for sure and a learning experience,’’ Petricka said. “It’s giving me plenty of work in the offseason, strengthen the entire body again.’’
Garcia, 25, collided with second baseman Yoan Moncada while playing right field in a game against the Blue Jays on July 31. He’s hitting .258 with 10 extra-base hits, including two home runs, and 11 RBI in 40 games in two stints with the Sox this season.
Kannapolis is participating in the South Atlantic League playoffs.
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Shortstop Tim Anderson missed a second consecutive start with a head cold.
† Jose Abreu (sore right elbow) returned to first base after playing four games as the designated hitter.
† Ken Harrelson will do TV play-by-play at home this weekend in the series against the Giants as Jason Benetti honors a college football commitment.
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