Dylan Cease will be inactive and away from the team for at least one turn in the rotation (Friday), due to COVID symptoms.
The White Sox made clear that Cease has not tested positive for the coronavirus, but is exhibiting symptoms serious enough to sideline and sequester him from the rest of the White Sox.
Several teams, including the Nationals and Cubs, have seen several players test positive and/or exhibit symptoms, requiring masse movement between MLB club and alternate site. Here’s hoping the White Sox caught this quickly enough to avoid a similar group inactivity.
Here’s the White Sox release:
WHITE SOX PLACE DYLAN CEASE ON INJURED LIST; RECALL ZACK BURDI FROM SCHAUMBURG TRAINING FACILITY
CHICAGO – Prior to tonight’s game vs. Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease on the injured list and recalled right-hander Zack Burdi from the Schaumburg training facility.
Cease, 25, is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and nine strikeouts over two starts this season, his third with the White Sox.
Burdi, 26, made eight relief appearances with the Sox in 2020 in his major-league debut. He is a native of Downers Grove, Ill.
This move obviously doesn’t address Cease’s vacated start, due up Friday. It could be a bullpen day, but given all the early-season kvetching over a tired pen, it seems more likely that old friend Reynaldo López gets his umpteenth shot at redemption this week.