The White Sox informed reporters, including James Fegan of The Athletic, that right-hander Matt Foster has a forearm strain in his throwing arm. They didn’t provide an estimated timeline for him today but said they hope to have one by the end of camp.
Foster, 28, was selected by the club in the 20th round of the 2016 draft. He worked his way to the majors and was added to the club’s 40-man roster in November of 2019, to protect him from being selected in that year’s Rule 5 draft. He then went on to have an excellent debut in 2020, posting a 2.20 ERA over 28 2/3 innings. He struck out 28.4% of batters faced that year, walked 8.3% of them and got grounders at a 35.8% clip.
Unfortunately, his results haven’t been quite as good over the past two seasons, as he’s been frequently shuttled to Triple-A and back. In those two seasons, he’s tossed 84 big league innings with a 5.14 ERA, 22.3% strikeout rate, 8.2% walk rate and 30% ground ball rate. He’s also tossed 18 2/3 innings in the minors in that time with better results, including a 3.86 ERA, 39% strikeout rate and 3.9% walk rate.
At this point, it’s unclear what the next steps will be for Foster, but a strain in a pitcher’s throwing arm is always concerning. He will presumably undergo further tests in the coming days and will hopefully get some good news from those.
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Foster needs care? Aha! Foster care!
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I’m glad the forearm strain was in his throwing arm as opposed to his throwing foot. They dodged a major bullet…phew!
What an exciting finish to tonight’s WBC game. Sandoval was great for Mexico, and I was rooting for them as the underdog, but it should be fun to see Otani pitch against US and his teammate Trout!
I thought they should’ve interviewed Murakami after the game and not Ohtani. Murakami was the one who got the walk-off double. I can see why they spoke to Nootbar because English is his first language, but Ohtani first?
Darvish is supposed to start. I don’t even know if Ohtani can pitch tonight. These guys are on strict schedules.
Foster we’ll see you in 2025 my friend!
If he goes under the knife …… he will likely be looking for a new line of work.
Hope it is mild to continue his career and improve elsewhere. Since major jitters in the ’20 Oakland best of 3 series after a couple hot debut months, hasn’t looked like someone who should be on the roster.
Ahh, The dreaded forearm strain. You know what happens next. If I had a sad clown emoji I would put it here.
I wish him a speedy recovery, but honestly, it could be a lot worse. Could be someone like Graveman or Lopez whom they’re actually going to depend on in high-leverage situations.