CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox bolstered their pitching staff with two additions before Saturday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, getting both left-handed reliever Eric Surkamp and right-hander Chris Bassitt on the club.
Bassitt is the 26th-man exemption for Saturday’s doubleheader, while Surkamp took the roster spot of Scott Carroll, who was technically optioned to Triple-A Charotte. Carroll, who started Friday’s game against the Tigers, will return next week when rosters are expanded at the start of September.
Carroll's locker remained intact, though, and it's doubtful he even leaves town.
Bassitt will make his major league debut when he starts the second game of the day-night doubleheader. The Tigers will start Kyle Ryan, who also will be making his major-league debut.
Surkamp gives the White Sox bullpen help for the planned 18 innings Saturday.
“You can get an extra arm in here,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You have two games, where we’re at (in the schedule), the amount of games that we’ve got with (predicted) rain and everything else, you never know how many arms you’re going to need. It’s nice to have him back.”
Not only did Ventura confirm that Carroll will be returning next week, he said the right-hander will remain in the rotation. Carroll gave up seven runs in five innings in his start Friday against the Tigers, but only three of the runs were earned.
“I would imagine he’s still in there,” Ventura said. “I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be back in there. With Bassitt coming up today for the second game, you’re seeing what you get and you adjust from there
“It’s going to be a long day and you don’t know exactly how it’s going to go. Hopefully you get through the first game and not have to use too many people and not too many delays. You go from there.”