The Chicago White Sox have signed Mike Pelfrey to a minor league contract.
Pelfrey was just released by the Tigers, who still owe him $8 million on the two-year deal he signed in December of 2015. In the first year of that deal he posted a 5.07 ERA in 24 games, 22 of which came as a starter. Now he’ll report to Triple-A Charlotte and try to make it back to the bigs.
There are worse places for him to try to do that than the south side of Chicago. The Sox are rebuilding and rebuilding clubs need cannon fodder just as much as they need effective starters. With Carlos Rodon nursing a biceps injury, most of the future starters for the Sox too young to risk overworking and Jose Quintana on the trading block, there will likely be innings to be eaten at Guaranteed Rate Field before the the weather gets too hot.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.