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Rodón, Bummer: Reinforcements on the way

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Cishek and Detwiler are DFAd as the Sox ease toward a postseason roster

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In a move hinted at last night in our Six Pack, the White Sox activated both Aaron Bummer and Carlos Rodón from the 45-day IL on Thursday. Bummer will immediately slate into the bullpen. Rodón likely heads there two, given he hasn’t stretched out beyond 60 pitches in Schaumburg.

To make room, both Ross Detwiler and Steve Cishek were designated for assignment. The season is effectively over, so it seems no team will be claiming either pitcher, but the White Sox don’t want either anymore, anyway. Detwiler was on a nothing deal and Cishek will have his 2021 option refused by the White Sox after a horrible season in which he couldn’t even master mop-up duty.

Rodón in fact could supplant the new mop-up guy, Gio González, whose spot on the postseason roster is in huge jeopardy when Evan Marshall returns from the IL as soon as Friday. With Rodón at the ready, the White Sox might not have to suffer through a dozen Dylan Cease walks or a random Reynaldo López meltdown in the heightened stakes of the postseason.

Here’s the White Sox release:

WHITE SOX ANNOUNCE FOUR ROSTER MOVES

CLEVELAND – Prior to tonight’s series finale at Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox reinstated left-handed pitchers Aaron Bummer and Carlos Rodón from the 45-day injured list and designated right-hander Steve Cishek and left-hander Ross Detwiler for assignment.

Bummer, 26, was placed on the injured list on August 8 with a left biceps strain and transferred to the 45-day injured list on September 5. He is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA, 12 strikeouts and three holds over seven appearances in 2020. Bummer’s last appearance was on August 7 vs. Cleveland, when he threw 1 ⅔ scoreless innings.

Rodón, 27, has been on the injured list since August 4 with left shoulder soreness. He was transferred to the 45-day injured list on September 13. Rodón is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA over two starts this season, and has not pitched since August 3 at Milwaukee (two innings).

Cishek, 34, is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances this season, his first with the White Sox after signing as a free agent on January 14.

Detwiler, 34, is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 16 relief appearances in 2020, his second season with the Sox.

Following the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster remains at 40.