CHICAGO – Nate Jones didn’t seem right Tuesday night.
Entering the game in the ninth inning with the White Sox holding a 5-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians, Jones gave up a leadoff double and was pulled after allowing a one-out walk.
On Wednesday, Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm. Juan Minaya was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his spot in the bullpen.
Jones missed most of the 2014 season and half of the following year after having Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old reliever also had surgery last season to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right arm.
Jones had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a mild forearm strain.
“We’re pleased, but not pleased,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s nothing to do with his elbow. It’s muscular, very mild. He should be back as quickly as possible.”
Staying power? There is one theory that Jose Abreu is going to be too old when all of the young talent in the Sox’s minor league system makes it to the major leagues.
Abreu is 31, and he is signed through the 2019 season.
He’d be 33 in 2020, the year the Sox could be legitimate contenders, but Renteria thinks Abreu has quite a few years left.
“The expectation is, based on the way he prepares and takes care of himself, he’ll be able to maintain himself in a pretty elite status for a while,” Renteria said. “Physically speaking, he’s a very strong man. His routines are excellent. His desire and focus is to compete every single day.”
Shields milestone: Not only did James Shields win for the first time since
March 29 on Tuesday in a strong start against the Indians, the right-hander went over the 2,500-career-innings plateau. Since 2007, Shields ranks second in the majors with 2,376 innings pitched.
The 36-year-old starter landed on the disabled list in 2017 for the first time in his career.
“My body wasn’t feeling good the last couple of years,” Shields said. “I’m the type of player, to be honest, I wanted to start my whole career every five days and not ever go on the DL. I was trying my hardest not to go on the DL last year, even with my torn lat.
“Right now, my body feels pretty good. I did a lot more swimming this offseason. A lot more flexibility. A lot more upper-body strength training, but nothing too crazy.”
Draft doings: The Sox announced they’ve signed 25 of their 40 draft picks, including fourth-rounder Lency Delgado, a high school shortstop from Miami, and fifth-rounder Jonathan Stiever, a college pitcher from Indiana.
First-round pick Nick Madrigal (Oregon State), third-rounder Konnor Pilkington (Mississippi State) and 14th-rounder Davis Martin (Texas Tech) remain unsigned and are playing in the College World Series.