White Sox put Michael Kopech on 15-day IL with strained knee

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BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox put right-hander Michael Kopech on the 15-day injured list with a left knee strain.

Chicago recalled left-hander Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte prior to their game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Kopech started at Kansas City but faced only four batters before leaving with knee soreness. He is 4-9 with a 3.58 ERA in 23 starts this season for the White Sox, who are three games out of first place in the AL Central and four back of the final American League wild card.

Manager Tony La Russa said two weeks should be enough time for Kopech to heal and be in pitching shape. He indicated that Davis Martin would pitch in Kopech’s absence.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.