Evaluation process goes beyond the numbers as the Chicago White Sox continue to look at bullpen options

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WASHINGTON — The Chicago White Sox got an extended look at Luis Patiño in his debut with the team on Sept. 2.

Acquired in a trade deadline deal from the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 1, the right-hander got called up on Sept. 1.

He pitched four relief innings the next day, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out four and walking three against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Patiño has pitched at least three innings in three of his four relief outings with the Sox, including allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts in three innings Sunday against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“To me, it’s important to show what I can do in the role, especially for them to know what I’m capable of doing here for next year,” Patiño told the Tribune through an interpreter before Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Starting pitching stood out for the Sox in Monday’s series opener, as Mike Clevinger went the distance in a 6-1 victory in front of 20,977. Clevinger allowed six hits and struck out seven with no walks. He allowed singles to the first two batters in the first and four more hits the rest of the game. Dominic Smith broke up the shutout with a two-out home run in the ninth and the benches briefly cleared after he rounded the bases.


Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. hit his 36th home run of the season, a three-run blast, in the fifth.

Every batter in the Sox starting lineup had at least one hit, with Tim Anderson collecting four singles as part of the team’s 15-hit effort.

While none were needed Monday, the Sox are evaluating several relief pitchers as possible options for 2024. That process has gone beyond the results.

“Sometimes it’s not about the outcome, it’s about how well they slow the game down,” manager Pedro Grifol said Monday. “How well they’re able to execute. How well they field their position, hold the runners on. It’s throwing them out there in that type of environment, that type of leverage so they can continue to grow from it.”


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