In Science and Space: Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech started Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals (GameTracker) after facing four hitters with a sore left knee, the team said. Stated.
Kopech is right-handed and he was replaced by Jimmy Lambert. It’s unclear what Kopech was suffering from on Monday, but he’s been struggling with a right knee problem all season. He had to hold off on the start after feeling a “pop” in June, and although an MRI later confirmed fluid buildup in that knee, there were no structural issues to worry about. So far he has avoided the list of injuries.
Kopech was visited by manager Tony La Russa, pitching coach Ethan Katz, and a trainer before making his first pitch. He was then allowed to boot the game despite showing signs of compromising, he struck out four of his batters, of which he passed two and scored another. , and his average fastball speed was 91.7 mph, three ticks below the seasonal norm.
Kopech, 26, started Monday with a 3.25 ERA (122 ERA+) and in his first 22 games of the season he posted a 1.85 strikeout percentage. He is the first time he has broken the 100-inning mark since his 2018, when he pitched 126 innings at the Triple-A level. Since then, he has missed a lot of time due to Tommy John’s surgery.