The White Sox's first game OF Oscar Colas returns on a far from perfect basis

On his first day back from the minor leagues Tuesday, right fielder Oscar Colas went 1-for-4 with a single hit in the White Sox's loss to the Blue Jays, a smooth return for an outfielder who had seven homers in his previous seven games. in Triple-A Charlotte.

Cola had better days on base. He was bowled out trying to steal and also lost track of how many outs there were when he was at first base with two away in the fifth inning. On Zach Remillard's routine flight, instead of running around the base, Colas held his ground between first and second.

“He was the second batsman in that inning and there was a ground ball that went into that inning that he forgot about,” manager Pedro Grifol said before the Sox's scheduled game with the Jays was rained out Wednesday night.

The team will play an straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, and Colas will return to right field, where he plans to play regularly.

Given the daily right fielder job coming out of spring training despite having played seven games in Triple-A Charlotte, Colas showed he was not ready for the day job. 211, and the slumping Sox, who started 7-21, couldn't afford to let him learn on the job, so Colas was sent back to Charlotte.

General manager Rick Hahn praised Colas' pre-match preparation and work ethic at Charlotte.

“His pregame preparation, his preparation for pitching, really just having a day of purposeful work that has put him in a better position to succeed both offensively and defensively is what stands out the most,” Hahn said.

Mental errors have not cost the Sox. But Grifol found it surprising.

“Right, because we've dealt with those things,” said Grifol. “We discussed it (Tuesday) night, several times. I won't see that happen again, even though it might.”

Kopech will return

Hahn assured that Michael Kopech, who was placed on the injured 15-day list with an inflamed right shoulder, would return to the starting rotation after the All-Star break.

“The most important part of this is that Michael is OK,” Hahn said.

The Sox have rearranged their rotation around the All-Star break in the past to give rookies in need longer rest, especially those who are “entering a potential new chapter workload later in the year,” Hahn said.

“That's the plan for Michael,” Hahn said. “Unfortunately after starting in Anaheim (last Tuesday), it was quite clear the shoulder fatigue he felt affected his delivery and commanding that night. We made the decision to speed up that extra break for a few weeks.”

This and that

As of Tuesday, the Sox pitchers had a 3.61 ERA in 47 games since May 13, ranking the fourth best in the majors. The Sox are 24-23 over that span, compared to 13-27 with a 5.66 ERA in their first 40 games.

* The Sox lead the majors with an average of 9.69 strikeouts per nine innings, which will be the second-highest total in franchise history after the 2021 club (10.18).

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