White Sox designate Keuchel for assignment

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox designated left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel for assignment on Saturday and recalled infielder Danny Mendick from Triple-A Charlotte.

Keuchel went 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts in eight starts covering 32 innings pitched with Chicago this season, his third with the club. He felt confident about turning things around when talking with the media following a 16-7 loss to the Red Sox Thursday, adding he’s been counted out before. But that turnaround will not come with the White Sox, as his six runs allowed over two innings Thursday was his last start with the team.

“Obviously, given the back of the baseball card, so to speak, we wanted to give him the opportunity this season to show that he was able to get himself back on track,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of the Keuchel move. “There was not a magic number of starts, necessarily, that would have been required before we made that decision.

“In fact, though we had been talking about this internally for a period of time, his starts against New York at our place and Boston at Fenway were impressive enough to continue to give him the ball. Obviously, the trend from the last couple, especially the other night, was enough for us to say it was time to try something else in that spot.”

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