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MLB - US Sports: Keuchel heading for White Sox exit

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

The White Sox are 18/1 to win the World Series and in eight starts this season 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 team.

White Sox time up for Keuchel

After the 16-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, speaking to the media, Keuchel felt comfortable trying to turn it around, but his six runs over two innings last week was his last start with the franchise.

Keuchel held talks with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Friday and Hahn said that the 34-year-old handled the discussion like a true professional.

Hahn also acknowledged Keuchel's contributions to the White Sox, when he finished fifth in the American League Cy Young Award in 2020 after signing as a free agent. Keuchel was in the final year of a three-year, $55.5million deal.

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Speaking to the official White Sox website, Hahn said: "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.

"There was not a magic number of starts, necessarily, that would have been required before we made that decision."

Lynn starts comeback bid

"In fact, though we had been talking about it 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."

Lance Lynn, who has not pitched this season, begins his rehabilitation work this week with Triple-A Charlotte. The veteran right-hander thinks he will need at least three starts to get back up and running.

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