With Manny Banuelos on the injured list, the White Sox still haven’t announced who will start the series opener Monday at Houston.
It’s possible the Sox will use a so-called “opener,” though manager Rick Renteria might not be going with the term that has trended through baseball.
“For me, if you use an opener, it’s just potentially a bullpen day,” Renteria said. “I think that openers, and this is just one man’s opinion, speaks to the state of your pitching staff in general. I think most people that are solidified in their starting rotation don’t even think about it, to be honest.”
Of course, the Sox aren’t exactly solidified with their starters. They’ve lost Carlos Rodon for the season and ended the Ervin Santana experiment quickly.
“If it wants to be considered an opener, in terms of the term, yeah, it could be an opener,” Renteria said. “We just haven’t determined exactly where we’re at yet.”
If all goes to plan, the Sox could get Eloy Jimenez back to start the upcoming road trip.
Jimenez, who hasn’t played in the majors since April 26 because of a high right ankle sprain, has been rehabbing at Class AAA Charlotte. He started in left field Wednesday through Saturday. Jimenez also homered Friday and had a pair of hits.
When Jimenez returns, Renteria said he will monitor the young slugger.
“I’m sure I won’t run him out there 20 days in a row,” Renteria said. “We’ll have to continue to make sure that we’re doing the best we can to keep him healthy and moving forward.”
The Blue Jays called up 33-year-old lefty Ryan Feierabend from Class AAA Buffalo to start Saturday. Feierabend, whose repertoire includes a knuckleball, was making his first big-league appearance since 2014 with the Rangers.
The start was Feierabend’s first since Sept. 23, 2008, with the Mariners, when he faced the Angels, whose designated hitter that game was future Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero. On Saturday, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit second and played third base for the Jays.
But the Sox didn’t seem to have much trouble against the somewhat-unorthodox pitcher, tagging him for seven hits.
Leury Garcia led off the first with a home run for his second career leadoff homer. Yonder Alonso had a pair of RBI singles, and Charlie Tilson drove in a run in the second. Tilson, who has reached base in 10 of his 12 games, is hitting .357.
Despite throwing four innings, Feierabend also was credited with a complete game.
The Sox said Rodon had Tommy John surgery Wednesday. The timeline for the left-hander’s return is still sometime in the middle of next season.
And in a bit of bad timing, the giveaway Saturday was Rodon bobbleheads.