The Chicago White Sox have designated righty reliever Bruce Rondon for assignment.
The Sox signed Rondon to a minor league contract this past offseason and he made the team. While he’s gotten a lot of opportunities for a bad White Sox team — he’s appeared in 35 games — the results have been mostly terrible. He’s currently sporting an 8.49 ERA and an execrable 2.157 WHIP thanks to walking nearly a batter an inning. He’s been particularly bad in recent outings.
Rondon once flashed triple-digit heat and can still bring it pretty good, but velocity does not a pitcher make.
Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is heading back to the disabled list, per a team announcement on Sunday. Samardzija was diagnosed with another bout of inflammation in his right shoulder and will undergo further evaluation this week, though surgery is not currently being considered. A concrete timetable for his return to the rotation will not be set until the club knows the extent of his injury.
At this point in the season, Samardzija has seen far more time on the DL than he has on the mound. This will be his third trip there after missing a collective nine weeks with a pectoral strain and right shoulder rightness since the start of the year. When healthy, he put up a 1-5 record in 10 starts with a 6.25 ERA, 5.2 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through just 44 2/3 innings in 2018.
In a corresponding move, infielder Kelby Tomlinson has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Southpaw Derek Holland will slot into Samardzija’s spot in the rotation; he currently carries a 5-8 record across 18 starts and a 4.09 ERA, 3.4 B/9 and 9.1 SO/9 over 101 1/3 innings in 2018.