The Chicago White Sox have placed right-handed starting pitcher James Shields on the 10-day disabled list prior to the Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The move, which is retroactive to April 18, puts Shields on the shelf with a strained right lat. The team announced they would make a roster move prior to the start of Saturday’s game.
Shields has made 3 starts already during the 2017 year, winning one and posting a 1.62 ERA. Over his first 16.2 innings, he has walked 10 batters, but has struck out 16 and allowed only three earned runs — all of which have come off solo home runs.
Things did not go well for Shields upon his arrival in Chicago last season after a trade from the San Diego Padres in early June. He made 22 starts for the team, posting a 4-12 record with a 6.77 ERA. He allowed 31 home runs in 114.1 innings of work, simultaneous to posting a career-worst K/9 innings pitched mark.
Home runs have been a notorious bugaboo for Shields, who led the American League in long balls allowed in 2010 and the National League in 2015. The 303 he has allowed over his 12-year major league career ranks him fourth on the active list.
Regardless of his results on the field, Shields will continue to receive a large chunk of money from the Padres. When all is said and done, San Diego will have paid him $38 million to not pitch for them after signing him before the 2015 year. Shields will make $21 million this season as well as next, before his team option comes up in 2019.