White Sox replace Lance Lynn in the middle of the night, sign Johnny Cueto

With Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn out on a long-term basis, the team signed veteran Johnny Cueto in hopes of providing some depth of rotation.

Lynn is expected to be out for more than a month, and while Cueto won’t offer immediate relief as he’ll likely have to check in with the minors for a tuning start or two (or extended spring training), he’s offering White Sox some of that they didn’t have much before – depth of rotation in the backend.

Lynn’s recovery time could be difficult to gauge given that he injured the same knee he injured last season. The White Sox don’t want to rush him despite his obvious influence on the team. The AL Central favorites can take their time now, knowing that fifth place in their rotation won’t be occupied by players like Vince Velasquez or Reynaldo Lopez, who may eventually return to the bullpen as swingmen.

Lance Lynn replacement: White Sox sign Johnny Cueto

Cueto comes off a bounceback campaign where he went 7-7 with an ERA just over four. Those aren’t incredible numbers, but it’s enough for a stable veteran to offer the White Sox while Lynn is on the mend.

General Manager Rick Hahn knows his team, like most this season, will face injuries. It’s his job to put them in a better position to deal with it in the long run.

“It’s part of the game,” said Hahn on Sunday afternoon. “I know we have a very deep and talented squad. Like any club, we will face some adversity over the next seven months. The strength of the men in this clubhouse and in the coaching room will serve us well.”

Cueto tweeted late Monday night after signing with the White Sox, thanking the Giants’ staff while also expressing his excitement at performing in Chicago.

Let’s go indeed.

https://fansided.com/2022/04/05/white-sox-rumors-johnny-cueto-lance-lynn/ White Sox replace Lance Lynn in the middle of the night, sign Johnny Cueto

John Verrall

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