PHOENIX, AZ — Tonight’s starting pitcher Dylan Covey became the latest White Sox pitcher to be struck by the injury bug on Tuesday evening in Arizona as the rookie left his latest start against the Diamondbacks with an injury in the third inning.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Covey came up limping after throwing a strike to Diamondbacks’ first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Covey signaled to White Sox catcher Kevan Smith for a mound conference, and White Sox trainer Herm Schneider then escorted the rule five draft pick off of the field. Chris Beck replaced Covey, who exited in line for a loss, and became the first White Sox pitcher since Ramon Garcia in 1991 to fail to earn a victory in his first eight starts of the season.
Covey was tagged for four earned runs in his 2.1 innings pitched on Tuesday evening. Covey is now 0-4 with a 8.12 ERA over the course of 35.1 innings pitched in his first eight starts of his major-league career.
In the top of the eighth inning White Sox slugger Jose Abreu cranked his ninth home run of the season, all of which have come on the road. The home run pulled the White Sox to within one run of the Diamondbacks, but more importantly it was Abreu’s 100th career home run. Abreu became the third Cuban born White Sox player to hit 100 or more home runs, joining Minnie Minoso (135) and Alexei Ramirez (109).
The White Sox fell to the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday evening, leaving the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, and going down in short-order in the top of the ninth inning as they dropped their second consecutive game to the Diamondbacks and fell to 20-24 on the season.
Dylan Covey will be reevaluated by the White Sox on Wednesday morning before the White Sox take on the Diamondbacks in the third and final game of their three-game series on Wednesday night at Chase Field.