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White Sox reinstate James Shields and place Miguel Gonzalez on DL

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 11: Chicago White Sox Starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers a pitch to the plate during the first inning of the Opening Day Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians on April 11, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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The Chicago White Sox have reinstated right-handed starting pitcher James Shields from the 10-day disabled list and have placed fellow right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list, according to MLB Roster Moves.

Shields hit the disabled list back on Apr. 21 due to a strained right lat muscle.

Up until that point, the 35-year-old had only made three starts this season, but he was off to a great start.

Shields is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA, allowing just nine hits and striking out 16 batters in 16.2 innings of work.

Of course, it’s a very small sample size, but it’s a welcome change from Shields’ nightmarish 2016 campaign, when he went 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA.

The White Sox acquired Shields from the San Diego Padres last June. The Padres signed the righty to a four-year, $75 million deal during the 2015 offseason, but it did not work out as he went just 2-7 with a 4.28 ERA in 11 starts with San Diego.

Things got even worse in Chicago, as the 12-year veteran went 4-12 with a 6.77 ERA with the White Sox in 2016.

Gonzalez has started 13 games for the White Sox this season, going 4-8 with a 5.49 ERA. Across 78.2 frames of action, he has surrendered 92 hits and 13 home runs, fanning just 45 hitters.

The 33-year-old had a solid season for Chicago in 2016, pitching to the tune of a 3.73 ERA and giving up just 132 hits over 135 innings of work.

The White Sox signed Gonzalez as a free agent last April after he was released by the Baltimore Orioles.

Chicago is 31-36 and sits 4.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central Division.



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