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White Sox make three roster moves ahead of series opener vs. Washington

June 10, 2019

CHICAGO -- Prior to tonight’s series opener vs. Washington, the Chicago White Sox placed left-handed pitcher Jace Fry on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to June 8) with left shoulder soreness, purchased the contract of right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (“oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAHN-yay”) from Class AAA Charlotte and released outfielder Nicky Delmonico. Despaigne,

CHICAGO -- Prior to tonight’s series opener vs. Washington, the Chicago White Sox placed left-handed pitcher Jace Fry on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to June 8) with left shoulder soreness, purchased the contract of right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (“oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAHN-yay”) from Class AAA Charlotte and released outfielder Nicky Delmonico.

Despaigne, 32, is scheduled to start tonight’s game vs. the Nationals. He is 3-3 with a 3.34 ERA (22 ER/59.1 IP) and 56 strikeouts in 12 combined appearances (11 starts) this season with Charlotte and Class AAA Louisville in the Cincinnati organization. Despaigne, 6-foot and 200 pounds, signed with the Reds as a Minor-League free agent on January 28 before being released on May 16. He signed with the White Sox on May 19.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Despaigne split the 2018 season between the Miami and Los Angeles-AL organizations, combining to go 2-3 with a 6.69 ERA (29 ER/39.0 IP) and 35 strikeouts over 19 appearances (five starts).

Despaigne has gone 13-24 with a 4.94 ERA (192 ER/349.2 IP), one save and 217 strikeouts in 106 career games (47 starts) over five Major-League seasons with San Diego (2014-15), Baltimore (2016), Miami (2016-18) and the Angels (2018). He signed with the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on May 5, 2014.

Despaigne, who will wear uniform No. 25, will be the fourth native of Cuba to play for the White Sox this season, joining José Abreu, Yonder Alonso and Yoán Moncada. He will be the first Cuban pitcher to start for the Sox since José Contreras on August 29, 2009 at New York-AL.

Fry, 25, is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA (15 ER/23.1 IP), eight holds and 27 strikeouts over a team-high 28 appearances this season.

Delmonico, 26, underwent season-ending surgery on May 30 to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. He batted .227 (111-488) with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in 152 games over parts of three seasons with the White Sox (2017-19).

Following the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster remains at 40.