Reynaldo Lopez's arrival to the South Side has created a spark of excitement in the latter part of the 2017 season, but that excitement may have turned into minor panic from White Sox fans after he was taken out of Thursday's start in Texas with an injury.
The whole scene was a bit odd with manager Rick Renteria and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider going out to the mound to check out Lopez in the fifth inning. Initially Renteria left after a somewhat short conversation with Lopez, but then Jose Abreu signaled for them to come back.
At that point, Lopez was removed from the game. Watch the video above to see the whole sequence.
The White Sox updated Lopez's status shortly after he was pulled from the game.
Reynaldo López left tonight’s game with soreness on his right side. He will be reevaluated tomorrow.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 18, 2017
The Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane had Jose Abreu's view of things:
Jose Abreu on what happened on the mound with Reynaldo Lopez. Renteria originally only asked about his arm, shoulder. pic.twitter.com/B05ZyNSb8g— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) August 18, 2017
Lopez finished with 4 1/3 innings pitched and allowed six runs, five earned with six strikeouts, four walks and five hits allowed. Two of the runs were inherited runners that scored when Chris Beck relieved Lopez. Oddly enough, Beck was soon pulled with an injury as well.
Lopez had struck out three in a row after recording the first out of the fifth, but then allowed a walk and a single before being taken out.