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White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper concerned about Michael Kopech

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White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said he is concerned about starter Michael Kopech, who opted out of the season on Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Cooper said, “I don’t know what is going on with Michael, but I know he deals with some anxiety and depression, and my thought is, I sure hope he’s OK. And I hope he gets to where he needs to be, where he’s feeling good and wants to come back, because we will welcome him back with open arms.” Cooper noted that Kopech “was in a great place” during spring training and added, “I’m concerned that he’s not OK.”

Kopech has, admirably, been open about his mental health struggles in the past. He hasn’t yet spoken publicly about his reason for electing not to play, not that he needs to justify it to anyone. The White Sox also haven’t provided any details.

Kopech, 24, debuted in 2018 with the White Sox, allowing eight earned runs on 20 hits and two walks with 15 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings. He went from the Red Sox to the White Sox in December 2016 in the Chris Sale trade that also included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.