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Bruney to DL, Omogrosso called up

Brian Omogrosso
Brian Omogrosso

Brian Bruney didn't take quite so long to get injured this time. After just one (scoreless) appearance, the White Sox place him on the DL with left hip inflammation. Right-hander Brian Omogrosso replaces him. He is the 7th rookie on their pitching staff, meaning a majority of the pitchers are now rookies.

Omogrosso has taken a long, winding path to the big leagues. The 28 year old was drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 draft. He methodically worked his way up the minors, frequently injured and working mostly as a starter, and reached Charlotte in June 2009. But just as it looked like he might be on the cusp of the big leagues, he injured his shoulder and had surgery on his labrum after just four appearances for the Knights.

Still, the White Sox thought enough of him then to place him on their 40 man roster in the following offseason. He missed nearly all of the 2010 season and then the White Sox apparently thought better of using a 40 man spot on him and outrighted him in the offseason.

He re-traced his steps to Birmingham in 2011 and made it back to Charlotte late last season. He's pitched well for Charlotte this season: 21 G, 33 IP, 28 H, 6 BB, 40 K. His 1.6 BB/9 is rather astounding as control has been his main weakness throughout his career (4.1 BB/9 overall). He's always managed to get strikeouts.

His four seam fastball is excellent, reaching the upper 90s. He also has a good two seam fastball, slider and a changeup. He throws from a 3/4 angle and, as you can see, has a high leg kick.