MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jacob Petricka on Saturday after Ramon Troncoso was placed on the disabled list.
Petricka was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte. The reliever also spent time at Double-A Birmingham and has accrued 58 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings this season. Petricka is a combined 5-0 with a 1.81 ERA.
A former starting pitcher, Petricka, who was drafted in the second round out of Indiana State in 2010, began the season as the No. 16 prospect in the White Sox farm system, per Baseball America. He was the team’s fourth best prospect before the 2012 season.
Petricka said he didn’t expect to be promoted to the majors when manager Joel Skinner texted him Friday.
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“Complete surprise because there was a lot of guys down in the ‘pen, but there were a few guys in front of me, I felt,” Petricka said. “I’m just happy for the opportunity. I got a text from the manager ‘give me a call’ and thought ‘this could be good or bad.’ It turned out to be good. It’s an amazing feeling.”
A native of nearby Northfield, Minn., Petricka expects to have 30-40 friends and family on hand for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Manager Robin Ventura has some familiarity with Petricka, who has been in big league camp the past two springs. Ventura said he wouldn’t shy away from using Petricka immediately.
“I wouldn’t mind (pitching here), but at same time I’m going to take in the moment and enjoy everything (if I) pitch or not pitch,” Petricka said.
The White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 37 after Petricka was added on Saturday.
Gillaspie sore but OK
Third baseman Conor Gillaspie figures he could play on Saturday if needed but said he’s still sore after he bruised his left hand on Friday. Gillaspie said the hand may have been already tender before he took a direct hit on a relay throw in Friday’s game.
“I didn’t really notice anything right away and after about a minute I looked down and my hand was pretty swollen and bruised,” Gillaspie said. “It’s nothing serious, nothing that’s really going to keep me down at all. But yesterday it was just so swollen, I could hardly hold on to the bat. It’s one of those freak things I guess.”
Out with the old
Robin Ventura has mentioned several times lately that the White Sox are a different team after their July trades. So when the team’s 10-game road losing streak ended on Friday, Ventura noted several of the players here now weren’t involved for a good portion. It’s part of Ventura’s plan to keep the focus on where the club needs to go and not where it has been.
“There’s no need to keep bashing on the group that was basically here before,” Ventura said. “ It always changes every time you start trading out people and we did get rid of good people. You’re getting different guys in here and it becomes a different feel. You go walking through the clubhouse of what’s in there and who’s on the field and you start noticing things are different. It kind of changes the way it is. … The lineup’s a little bit different now. So everything sort of changes.”