White Sox Ace Heads to the Injured List


It was an unusual sight the other day when Chicago White Sox ace Lance Lynn, he of the league-leading 2.27 ERA at the time, was absolutely hammered for 7 runs by their lowly cross-town rivals, the Chicago Cubs. Now maybe some insight into what was going on with Lynn, as he's been placed on the injured list with right knee inflammation. 

Manager Tony La Russa is calling the move "precautionary", and he expects him to miss only one start. Not a big deal for the White Sox, who lead baseball's worst division by 10 games. They just need him to be right for the playoffs. 

“It’s been treated and he's pitched with it," said La Russa, "but it continues to bother him and we just looked at the off days and if we do it now, we think we can take care of it."

The 34-year-old saw his AL-leading ERA "balloon" to 2.59, and his record drop to 10-4 with that last outing, but he'll still be in contention for the Cy Young, along with Gerrit Cole and Robbie Ray. 

In Lynn's absence, Reynaldo Lopez has earned his spot in the rotation. He's won 2 of his 3 starts, and has compiled a 1.59 ERA. 

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