CHICAGO – On May 6th, he along with the rest of the White Sox were at the top of their game.
Mat Latos beat the Twins that day to improve his record on the season to 5-0 with a respectable ERA of 2.42. It seemed like a great comeback story was in the works considering the starting pitcher was limited much of the last two seasons because of injuries.
But just over a month later that storyline has faded right alongside the White Sox. The team fell under the .500 mark with a blowout loss on Wednesday to the Nationals while Latos may be on his way to the minors.
On Thursday the team announced that the starting pitcher has been designated for assignment after a May in which he had an ERA of 6.41. The move comes just two days after Latos allowed six earned runs in five innings to the Nationals in a loss at US Cellular Field.
Taking his place is right-handed pitcher Tyler Danish of AA Birmingham and he will join the club this weekend. This is his first stint with in the major leagues after four years in the White Sox farm system.
At the same time the White Sox made a veteran addition to the roster, signing four-time All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau to a one-year, $1 million deal plus incentives.
This is the 14th season for Morneau who played the majority of his career facing the Sox often as a member of the Minnesota Twins. He was traded to Pittsburgh in 2013 for the stretch run and was with the Rockies the last two seasons.
In 2015 injuries limited Morneau to just 49 games but he did hit .310 with three homers and 15 RBIs.