This morning the Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll from the Charlotte Knights, their Triple-A affiliate. This is because the Sox brass had to put Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right (throwing hand) pinky.
How did this happen you ask? You may have heard about this little skirmish on the field a day or so ago between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals? Disciplinary actions (suspensions, etc) have already been handed out, but that doesn’t seem to be the end of it. After the bench clearing tussle at US Cellular Field Albers knew something was wrong. They next day things were much worse with his hand and suspicions were confirmed after an x-ray.
From personal experience I can tell you that playing baseball with any broken digit is difficult. Thus a replacement pitcher was required. Enter Scott Carroll, a 30 year old who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, but didn’t make his big league debut until 2014 with the White Sox. He was 5-10 last season with a 4.80 ERA in 26 appearances, 19 starts. He’s pitching a shade better in Triple-A this season with a 1-1 record after 3 starts. He owns a 2.45 ERA for Charlotte to go along with 11 strike outs and four walks.
To the dismay of Matt Albers, he’s been pitching quite well this season. Appearing in four games of relief so far he has a whisper thin 1.59 ERA.