The White Sox placed Nate Jones on the 10-day DL today with right elbow neuritis. To take his place on the bullpen, the Sox purchased the contract of David Holmberg from Charlotte. To make room for Holmberg on the 40-man roster, the Sox have moved Carlos Rodon to the 60-day DL.
Jones had been cruising along nicely so far this season. With an 2.31 ERA and 3.39 FIP, he seemed to be on a pace to replicate last season. Instead, he’s now on the DL with nerve issues in his right elbow. For those not familiar, this is an inflammation of the ulnar nerve. It can cause numbness and weakness in the pinky and ring finger which obviously would make it difficult to pitch well. Some tingling in the forearm isn’t unusual either. Depending on the severity and cause, rest and treatment might be enough, but ulnar nerve repositioning is the fix in some cases.
Last time David Holmberg was making headlines around here, he was headed to Arizona with Daniel Hudson for Edwin Jackson. He was originally the Sox second round pick in 2009. Since then, he made some starts for Arizona and Cincinnati from 2013 to 2015. Last season, he went to spring training with the Braves, but was cut. He eventually made his way back to the Sox where he started for both Birmingham and Charlotte. He’s a lefty, so be ready for an upper 80’s fastball. As a Sox pitcher, he’s also got a sinker, slider, and change and he also mixes in a curveball. For now, he gets to give Dan Jennings some additional rest.
A couple weeks ago, Carlos Rodon had a catch with Don Cooper. At the time, it sounded like it went well. With this trip to the DL, that’s now unsure.
With these roster moves, the 40-man roster stays at 40.