The White Sox put relief pitcher Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm Wednesday and recalled right-hander Juan Minaya from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the 25-man roster.
The injury was described as a mild forearm strain by manager Rick Renteria, who does not expect Jones’ stay on the DL to be lengthy.
“The MRI was good,” Renteria said. “The diagnosis is not related to the elbow — more muscular.”
Jones, 32, will be shut down from throwing for six days and be re-evaluated, Renteria said. It’s the fourth time on the DL for Jones, who suffered a muscle strain in his left hip in 2014, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 and missed most of the 2017 season with elbow neuritis and subsequent nerve-repositioning surgery.
He has logged uneven performances out of the bullpen this season, posting a 4.01 ERA, three saves, 27 strikeouts and 14 walks in 24 2/3 innings. He opened the ninth inning of the Sox’ 5-1 win Tuesday, protecting the four-run lead. After allowing a double and a walk and recording one out, he was replaced by Xavier Cedeno.
Minaya, 27, made the Opening Day roster but was sent to Charlotte with a 10.80 ERA. At Charlotte, Minaya has a 4.24 ERA with 27 strikeouts and eight walks in 23 1/3 innings.
Mets claim Beck
The Mets claimed righty Chris Beck off waivers, four days after the Sox designated him for assignment.
A second-round pick by the Sox in 2012, Beck was taken off the 40-man roster when left-hander Carlos Rodon was activated. He is expected to join the Mets in Arizona on Thursday.
Beck, 27, had a 4.18 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 11 walks in 14 appearances. In three-plus seasons, he had a 5.94 ERA over 119 2/3 innings.
Like James Shields before him, veteran Joakim Soria has lowered his arm slot with good results, recording saves in his last six opportunities.
“I’ve been throwing some sidearm to right-handers,” Soria said. “But in the previous outings it wasn’t that bad — a broken bat hit or a hit to the wrong side of the shift, things like that happen. And now things are clicking.”
Soria has allowed one unearned run in his last 12 appearances (11.2 IP) with two walks and 13 strikeouts during that span. He has issued five walks all season while averaging more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings.“I think he looks nasty down there,” said Shields, who called Soria’s quick adaptation to dropping down “amazing.”Soria has 213 career saves, 10 with the Sox this season, but it’s the first time he’s working the ninth inning since 2015, when he notched 23 saves for the Tigers. He said the ninth inning is a different animal.“People say not, but I think so,” Soria said. “The fact is, you’re the last one, and there’s no one behind you. No more innings to recover, that makes it different. That makes it special.”
Signed draft picks
The Sox have agreed to terms with 25 of their 40 picks from the draft, including fourth-round high school shortstop Lency Delgado from Miami and fifth-round right-hander Jonathan Stiever from Indiana and five more of their top 10 picks.
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First-round infielder Nick Madrigal from Oregon State, third-round left-hander Konnor Pilkington from Mississippi State and 14th-round righty Davis Martin from Texas Tech are participating in the College World Series. Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker, their second-round pick, remains unsigned.
The following is a list of theSox’ 2018 draft selections who have signed: