Jones appeared in the Sox’ second and third games of the season, struggling mightily. In those two appearances he faced five hitters while surrendering two hits and giving out three free passes.
Something definitely seemed off for Nate, especially Thursday when he couldn’t get the ball anywhere near the plate. Maybe that was because he was battling through this injury, but regardless he’ll now have a couple weeks to get himself right, as the team will really need him down the stretch.
Petricka, a former starter, has really seen his stock rise since he made the switch to the bullpen last year.
In 31 games for Birmingham and Charlotte in 2013, he posted a 1.81 ERA and 9.5 K/9 innings. That earned him a promotion to the big league club late in the year, where he was fine.
The Minnesota native pitched in 16 games for the Sox, and he did maintain a 3.26 ERA in 19.1 innings. But he did also walk ten guys, and the base on balls have been a bugaboo pretty consistently for Petricka.
Though he can strike some guys and keep the ball on the ground, he’s just never been a super-low WHIP guy. His minor league career WHIP (352.2 IP) is 1.455, and even in his dominant 2013 campaign it was 1.280. That’s solid, but it tells you that he was pitching out of a lot of jams.
If he can minimize the walks (please, Jake, do that for us) and keep the ball on the ground, hopefully balls get hit right to guys in the field. Petricka’s ceiling isn’t that high, but he’s still just 25 years old so he could absolutely be a long-term fix on the south side.
He will be the most likely candidate to get sent back down when Jones is activated from the DL, but if he pitches well enough, he could certainly stick.