The rebuilding Chicago White Sox hope to give their struggling young starter Carson Fulmer an extra two days between starts, shifting his next scheduled start from Wednesday at Pittsburgh to Friday at home against Texas.
The team announced Tuesday that Hector Santiago, 30, will receive a spot start Wednesday.
The former first-round pick Fulmer has had a rocky 2018, going 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts). Fulmer, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft, was shelled by the crosstown Cubs in his previous start on Friday, going just 1 2/3 innings while allowing five runs in an 11-2 loss.
"Didn't do my job," Fulmer said after his prior start. "Extremely frustrating, very disappointed. I think for our team this is a big series for us to go out there and win some ballgames, and I take full responsibility of not going out there and doing my job as a starting pitcher, to take your team deep into ballgames."
The ex-Vanderbilt right hander had a decent April, sporting a 4.32 ERA and tossing seven scoreless innings against Kansas City on April 28. But his ERA has jumped almost two runs higher after giving up nine runs over 5 1/3 innings over his past two outings, both defeats.
"I want to be a starter, and I am a starter," Fulmer said. "This organization's given me an opportunity to go out there and prove that, and I have. I've gone out there, and I've pitched deep into ballgames. I think that slowing the game down a little bit and not trying to be too perfect. When I do that, a lot of balls get left out over the plate, and I fall behind. Just trust my ability to go out there and throw, throw strikes and pound the zone, which I'm very capable of doing.
Santiago is 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 appearances this season, with all but two games in relief. He earned a no-decision in his first start against the Royals on April 29 (4 2/3 innings, two runs, five hits), but the southpaw was shelled in his prior start on May 5 against Minnesota (eight runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings).
Santiago, a 2015 All-Star when with the Los Angeles Angels, is 40-47 with a 4.05 ERA for his eight-year career with the White Sox, Angels and Twins.
--Field Level Media