And Brazil have two Major Leaguers again. André Rienzo was called up from the minor leagues and will play for the Chicago White Sox in the next few days. The player announced his return on his personal Facebook page. “And when you least expected it!!! Don’t know for how long, but I know that I’m going”, said the Brazilian.
Rienzo made his MLB debut in 2013 and started 10 games for the “Meias Brancas”, finishing the season with these stats: 4.82 ERA, 1.482 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched.
The Brazilian came to the Spring Practice needing to prove that he deserved a spot on the White Sox rotation, but the manager Robin Ventura didn’t liked Rienzo’s performance. He pitched 8 innings, finishing with 5.63 ERA and 6 walks.
He started the season with the Charlotte Knights, White Sox Triple-A affiliate, to develop his game. Rienzo started 3 games, throwing 13 innings with 4.85 ERA, 7 walks and 9 strikeouts. He didn’t put his best work, but he’s the best solution for the Sox rotation, considering the options.
The pitcher should fill Felipe Paulino’s spot, who had a horrible outing against the Rangers this Friday (18), in a 12 a 0 defeat. According to Ventura, Paulino is not a bullpen option and should be sent to Triple-A or on the disabled list.