All of a sudden, the Chicago pitching staff looks a lot different.
A day after trading away their staff ace, the struggling White Sox send one of their recently acquired starters to the mound as they conclude a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
The White Sox sent Esteban Loaiza to the New York Yankees for Jose Contreras and cash considerations Saturday, just moments before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Loaiza jump-started his career last season, going 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA to finish second in the AL Cy Young voting.
“They gave me the opportunity to keep on playing in the major leagues, especially two years ago as a non-roster guy,” said Loaiza, who is 9-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 21 starts this season. “It’s one of those things where I will miss this group of guys. I have only good things to say about this organization.”
Contreras is expected to make his first start in a White Sox uniform Tuesday against Kansas City. The right-hander is 8-5 with a 5.64 ERA in 18 starts this season.
Contreras was inconsistent at best for the Yankees in two seasons since defecting from Cuba, but the White Sox are impressed by his potential.
“Jose is a pitcher we have pursued for some time,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. “Adding a pitcher of Jose’s caliber gives us a solid starting rotation for the remainder of this season and into the future.”
Garcia allowed four runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings of Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Tigers beat the White Sox 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday, extending Chicago’s season-high losing streak to seven games. Cliff Politte walked in the winning run, marking the second straight game the White Sox have lost on a bases-loaded pass.
Alex Sanchez went 3-for-5 and got his 29th bunt single of the season for the Tigers, who won their third straight and fifth in seven games.