CHICAGO -- During Spring Training, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Michael Ynoa that he wasn't too far from reaching the Majors."Boy, was I a prophet," Cooper said of the right-handed reliever, who was recalled from Double-A Birmingham prior to Sunday's game against the Indians being postponed due to
CHICAGO -- During Spring Training, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Michael Ynoa that he wasn't too far from reaching the Majors.
"Boy, was I a prophet," Cooper said of the right-handed reliever, who was recalled from Double-A Birmingham prior to Sunday's game against the Indians being postponed due to rain, with outfielder Adam Eaton being placed on the paternity list.
"Obviously, he did very well in Spring Training," Cooper added. "But it's awful nice to be able to have a job that you can see people realize their dreams."
Eaton, the team's leadoff hitter and right fielder, left to join his wife, Katie, on Saturday when she went into labor with their first child. Their son, Brayden, arrived at 7 pounds, 1 ounce.
The paternity list dictates that a player must miss one day, which was Sunday for Eaton even without the game, but he can't miss any more than three. White Sox manager Robin Ventura expected to have Eaton on the team plane for Minnesota on Sunday night
Ynoa, 24, came to the White Sox as part of the Jeff Samardzija deal with Oakland prior to the 2015 season. He has worked exclusively out of the bullpen during the past two seasons, posting a 2.61 ERA over 28 games for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem in '15.
He pitched one scoreless inning for the Barons this season and was ready to go for the White Sox on Sunday.
"Yesterday, they called me and said, 'Hey, man. You have to take all your stuff and you have to fly to Chicago.' I was like, 'What?,'" said a smiling Ynoa. "I was shocked. I'm still in shock. But I'm really happy."
There was no actual game for Ynoa, leaving him with a brief big league experience.
"It's good for him," manager Robin Ventura said. "Again, you are taking a young kid that earned an opportunity to come up here. He gets to be in the clubhouse, put his uniform on, feel a part of it.
"Knowing that he's only here for a day, maybe a day, maybe two days, it helps him out as part of his development. But he deserves to be here, as well."
Ventura feels for Schwarber
Ventura understands the pain and disappointment felt by Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a collision with center fielder Dexter Fowler on Thursday in Arizona.
The White Sox manager broke his right leg and suffered a severely dislocated right ankle while sliding into home during a 1997 Spring Training contest.
"They do great things with knees and things like that," Ventura said. "Mine was different. But I hope he can still catch and do all the stuff that he was, that everybody is expecting him to do in his career."
Ventura only saw a brief replay of the injury and was hoping it was just an ankle sprain upon seeing Schwarber get up and walk.
"All the work he put in during the offseason and Spring Training, and something like that happens, it makes you sick to your stomach," Ventura said. "It's bad news all the way around. You don't wish that on anybody."
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