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White Sox righty Lance Lynn expected to miss one start on injured list

The Sox put Lynn on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 17) with a strained right trapezius.

White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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BOSTON — The White Sox put right-hander Lance Lynn on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a strained right trapezius. He’s expected to miss one start.

Lynn, who owns an 0.92 ERA and a shutout in three starts this season, felt discomfort during his start against the Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, when he threw six innings.

The Sox made the announcement between games of their doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The trapezius is a large paired muscle extending over the back of the neck and shoulders and moving the head and shoulder blade.

Right-handed reliever Zack Burdi was recalled from the Schaumburg training facility.

Lynn’s next scheduled start was Wednesday in Cleveland. While the Sox have days off Thursday and April 26, which should help them keep Lynn’s missed turns to one, they’ll need a starter to take his spot Wednesday. Jonathan Stiever, called up as the 27th man for the doubleheader and returned after the game, is a possibility. Also, Reynaldo Lopez has been pitching for the alternate-site team in Schaumburg. The Sox could do a bullpen game, manager Tony La Russa said.

Acquired in an offseason trade for Dane Dunning, Lynn has struck out 10-plus batters with zero walks in back-to-back starts, the first Sox pitcher to do so.

Burdi, 26, was on the active roster Wednesday and Thursday but did not pitch before being optioned to Schaumburg on Friday.

White Sox win Game 1

Shortstop Tim Anderson hit the first pitch of Game 1 for a home run, third baseman Yoan Moncada had the game-winning RBI with a two-out single in the fifth and started two double plays with slick fielding and Dallas Keuchel pitched five-plus innings of two-run ball to carry the White Sox to a 3-2 win.

Yasmani Grandal’s RBI double snapped an 0-for-17 skid.

Aaron Bummer recorded three outs in the sixth inning, and Liam Hendriks pitched the last inning of a seven-inning game for his second save.

The runs against Keuchel came on a spinning grounder that hopped away from Moncada for an RBI single by Hunter Renfroe and Kike Hernandez’s 340-foot homer inside the right-field foul pole.

Keuchel, who retired the first seven -batters, is 5-0 in his last 11 starts, his longest streak of starts without a loss since a 14-start stretch from August 2016 to July 2017 with the Astros.

“This was one of the first times I really felt like myself [this season],” Keuchel said.

Jump-start

Anderson, who rested in Game 2, was 3-for-4 and hit his ninth career leadoff homer, tying him with Adam Eaton and Tim Raines for the second-most leadoff long balls in club history, trailing only Ray Durham (20).

Since coming off the IL from a strained hamstring, Anderson is 6-for-14 with three runs scored and a stolen base.

This and that

Bummer, Hendriks (who pitched a scoreless ninth in Game 2), Matt Foster, Garrett Crochet and Evan Marshall combined for six scoreless innings with six strikeouts in the doubleheader.

• Sox starters have a 2.68 ERA this season, including a 1.86 ERA over the last eight games.

• The Sox improved to 18-1 against left-handed starters since the start of 2020.