The White Sox activated Reynaldo Lopez to start tonight’s game against the rival Cubs, per MLB.com’s Scott Merkin (via Twitter). To make room on the roster, outfielder Nicky Delmonico has been optioned to the team’s alternate training site in Schaumberg, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Lopez made one start this season before spending the next 25 days on the injured list with right shoulder soreness. He recorded just two outs while surrendering three hits and a pair of walks. Lopez, 26, has been a steady if unspectacular presence in the Chicago rotation the past two seasons. After a strong 2018, he took a step back last season, totalling a 17-25 record and 4.64 ERA/4.83 FIP over those two seasons.
Lopez throws hard (95.4 mph on his four-seamer last year), and despite a low spit rate, his heater has above-average side-to-side movement. He’s heavily reliant on the heater, throwing it close to 60% of the time, and his secondary pitches (a changeup and slider) haven’t reached the level of consistency the White Sox would probably prefer for a rotation arm. Still, Lopez should be able to reclaim his rotation spot for the foreseeable future if he can return to form.
Delmonico has been a regular roster presence over the past three seasons, but the emergence of Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert have put a squeeze on outfield innings. The 27-year-old is off to a slow start this year with a triple slash of .150/.227/.150 across 22 plate appearances. Adam Engel and Luis Gonzalez remain on the active roster as spare outfielders.