Nate Jones has been placed on the disabled list due to a gluteal strain, which is the same affliction that sidelined him during spring training. It started bothering him during warm ups in the bullpen and it continued to be a distraction on the mound during yesterday's game. This does not come as a surprise given that Jones has not gotten any of the five batters out that he has faced thus far in 2014. Of those five batters, two have reached based on a hit while the other three were walked. Jones will be eligible to return to the White Sox for their series in Texas the weekend of 4/19.
The White Sox called up Jake Petricka from Charlotte to fill Jones's spot in the bullpen. Petricka was called up for a brief stint at the end of last season. He pitched 19.1 innings with an ERA of 3.26. Petricka throws a fastball that sits 93-94 mph, a slider around 84 mph, and a changeup. Most young pitchers with live fastballs have control issues and Petricka is no exception. His walk rate will likely be the deciding factor in his success or failure with the big league team.