Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn is in line to make his first start of the season Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
“My understanding is he’s good to go Tuesday, and I’m excited about it,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said before Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Lynn has been out since he hobbled off the mound in an April 2 Cactus League game after throwing a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll. He underwent right knee surgery to repair a torn tendon three days later.
Lynn made three starts during a rehab assignment for Triple-A Charlotte, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and eight strikeouts. He allowed 10 runs on 15 hits in 10 innings.
The right-hander went 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 28 starts last season, his first with the Sox, and placed third in Cy Young Award voting.
That roster move is likely in the coming days.
The Sox made a pair of moves before Friday’s game, optioning first baseman/outfielder Gavin Sheets to Charlotte and recalling pitcher Jimmy Lambert from the Knights.
Sheets has a .204/.268/.328 slash line with five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs in 44 games.
“You can see on the field or his at-bats, he wasn’t himself and you watch the work that he’s doing and you see his frustration,” La Russa said. “He just kept pressing. He’s got all the quality you look for. He’s got the makings of a real hitter, a productive hitter.
“We just think the timing was right. We can use the extra arm and it works well for Gavin and I think he’ll get it fixed because we need that balance that he brings us.”
La Russa said Sheets will be “just tweaking what he’s doing” with Charlotte.
“He’s not far off,” La Russa said. “This is the worst place to try to — even if you’re a pitcher — working on something. Big-league pitchers, big-league hitters. No mercy.”
Lambert entered Friday 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA and seven strikeouts in three games (two starts) this season with the Sox. He was 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA and 12 strikeouts in five starts with Charlotte.
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