On Friday, it was revealed that Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech would likely have to undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, and on Saturday he sent a message to Sox fans promising that he would be back soon.
Kopech, who was put on the 60-day disabled list Saturday, says that his goal is still to bring championships to the South Side of the city, and that he will be back and better when he returns to the field:
“I thought I’d been proactive and not reactive. I thought I’d be watching from the dugout and not the training room. I thought I’d be an exception and not a statistic. Life happened. The 2019 White Sox are going to surprise a lot of people and I can’t wait to see that. My goal was and still is to help bring championships to the South Side. It’s gonna be a long journey, but I’ve never backed down from a challenge and don’t plan to now. Go Sox! Much love Chicago!”
The White Sox acquired Kopech in the 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. He made his big league debut this season, posting a 5.02 ERA in four starts with the White Sox before suffering a torn UCL in his right elbow.
Kopech will not be ready to pitch again until spring training in 2020, the team says.