Chicago White Sox Scratch Jake Peavy; Andre Rienzo's MLB Debut Hours Away

By Devin O'Barr
Chicago White Sox Yank Jake Peavy; Andre Rienzo's MLB Debut Hours Away
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Timing is everything in MLB and the time has finally come for Andre Rienzo to make his long-awaited professional debut. However, it appears that the Chicago White Sox are putting Rienzo on the hill simply because Jake Peavy has been pulled from his start due to on-going trade talks. A possible Peavy trade has been the talk of the town for weeks in the Windy City, but Rienzo hopes to steal some of that spotlight by throwing a gem against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

As fate would have it: this is going to be Rienzo’s first start at any level since throwing a no-hitter for the White Sox’ triple-A affiliate on Thursday. Oddly enough, Rienzo’s clutch outing came against the Pittsburgh Pirates triple-A affiliate…the Indianapolis Indians.

Chicago’s lack of talent in the minor leagues is well documented, yet the White Sox are unique in the fact that most of their top-notch prospects get the call to the majors rather early — Rienzo is the White Sox’ No. 10 prospect and is no exception to the rule.

Hopefully, the 25-year-old can provide a spark to a bottom-dwelling team that hasn’t done anything right thus far in 2013. Depite a few estranged trade rumors, Chris Sale appears to be cemented on the South Side of Chicago and maybe a few nice outings from Rienzo can give Sox general manger Mark Hahn something to be excited about heading into the offseason.

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