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White Sox Add Parnell on a Minor League Deal, Shields and Rodon on the Mend

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox made a move on Monday afternoon to bring in some additional help for the reliever corps with the string of disabled list stints that has plagued the pitching staff through the first two months of the season.

The club announced that it signed former New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell to a minor-league contract. Parnell, 32, was released by the Kansas City Royals this past weekend after it became clear to the veteran reliever that he was not going to break the major-league roster. Parnell made just six appearances with the Detroit Tigers in 2016, allowing four runs on seven hits over the course of 5.1 innings of work.

Parnell is best known for his eight-year stint with the New York Mets, one that was cut short after Tommy John surgery in 2014. Prior to the operation Parnell posted a 3.55 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over the course of 306.1 innings of work in Queens.

Parnell will begin his tenure with the White Sox organization with the Charlotte Knights (Triple-A). The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network.

Pitchers on the Mend

James Shields made his first rehab start on Saturday as the Charlotte Knights were blanked for the first time this season, falling 4-0 to the Buffalo Bisons. Shields tossed four innings, allowing three runs (one earned) in the losing effort. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was pleased with the report from the rehab start,

“To James’ credit, he killed the conditioning program while he was hurt,” Cooper said. “When he first started throwing and getting on the mound, it was like, ‘Holy cow, this is like he picked up from where he left off as far as the way he was throwing.'”

Carlos Rodon, the White Sox number two starter has spent the last two months in Arizona recovering from what was classified as elbow bursitis, but finally some good news for the youngster surfaced on Sunday morning. Rodon will be making his first rehab start on Tuesday evening for the Winston Salem Dash when they take on the Carolina Mudcats.

The extended recovery has not sat well with Rodon at all to this point, but hopefully the rehab process continues to progress after Tuesday’s start.

“It has taken a lot longer than I imagined,” Rodon said when the Sox visited Phoenix on May 22. “It’s hard to be patient when your team is out here battling. I’m sitting on the backfield throwing and fielding and waiting back here. It’s been frustrating.”

The White Sox are off this evening as they prepare to open a series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, FL.

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