Saturday, March 25, 2023

Sox release Ketchell, ceasefire, put Graveman on sanctions list

TORONTO ( Associated Press) – The Chicago White Sox on Monday placed right-handers Dylan Cease and Kendall Graveman on a banned list ahead of a three-match series at the Toronto Blue Jays starting Tuesday night.

The team also waived left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who was named for the assignment last week, and recalled right-hander Kyle Crick from Triple-A Charlotte.

The Canadian government requires that a person receive a second dose of the vaccine — or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson — at least 14 days before entering the country.

According to a March agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, players who go on the banned list because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are not paid and do not earn Major-League service time. is done.

The clash (4-2) against the Cubs began on Sunday and will not face Toronto in the upcoming series. Under the agreement, however, a pitcher who has played at least four consecutive innings in a game cannot be replaced on the active roster until three days have passed.

Graveman made two saves on five occasions and dismissed 19 batsmen in 2–3 innings from 22 in 21 matches. Drafted by Toronto in 2013, he debuted with the Blue Jays in 2014 offseason in a deal that sent Josh Donaldson north before being traded to Oakland.

Keuchel, 34, went 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts before being named for the assignment on Saturday. Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award with Houston in 2015 and holds a 101-87 record with 3.86 ERAs in 262 career games, including 251 starts.

The veteran left-hander signed a $55.5 million, three-year contract with the White Sox in December 2019. He is owed $14,456,044 for the remainder of his contract – $12,956,044 in salary for the rest of this season, plus $1.5 million of his 2023 buyout. alternative.


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