CHICAGO -- Chris Beck is back with the White Sox, with his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte Monday to take the roster spot of Miguel Gonzalez.Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with right rotator cuff inflammation arising after his Tuesday start in Oakland. To
CHICAGO -- Chris Beck is back with the White Sox, with his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte Monday to take the roster spot of Miguel Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with right rotator cuff inflammation arising after his Tuesday start in Oakland. To make room for Beck on the 40-man roster, the White Sox transferred Danny Farquhar to the 60-day disabled list.
Farquhar, 31, is at Rush University Medical Center after suffering a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday night's game against Houston. Additional overnight testing at RUSH revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed, but following Saturday surgery to address the aneurysm, the White Sox released information Monday describing Farquhar as making overall progress forward.
Beck, 27, is 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in four games (two starts) with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Beck has limited opponents to a .129 (4-for-31) average. He has gone 4-4 with a 6.38 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 83 games (one start) over parts of three Major League seasons (2015-17) with the White Sox. Beck was selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2012 Draft.
Starting or relieving remain possibilities for Beck. But any role works for the right-hander, as he made clear Monday, when he worked three innings of relief and picked up his first career save during the White Sox 10-4 win against the Mariners.
"It's funny. The guys are like: What would you do to get back to the big leagues? Honestly they could ask me to shine shoes here and I'd figure out how to do it," Beck said. "I'll do whatever to help the team.
"I had a terrible second half [in '17] with fastball command. A lot of free bases. So I went back to the drawing board. Did some things diet-wise to get back in shape."
In preparation for this season, Beck got blood tested and found out he was allergic to dairy, yeast and garlic. He lost 24 pounds during the offseason on the new diet, which has helped with the ease of delivery.
Gonzalez, 33, was hit hard over his first three starts, allowing 17 earned runs on 24 hits and six walks over 12 1/3 innings, while striking out five. He lasted three innings in his last start, against the A's, yielding eight runs on eight hits.
The White Sox signed Gonzalez to a one-year, $4.75 million deal as a free agent in January.
"We thought we were going to be able to take care of it," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Gonzalez's injury. "Right now, we just put him on the back burner and let him go ahead and feel better."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.