Michael Kopech will retire from the 2020 season


White Sox righty Michael Kopech has chosen to withdraw from the 2020 season, according to a club announcement. He was coming back from Tommy John’s operation.In other White Sox camp news, the infielder Yoan Moncada and fair Jose Ruiz were each placed on the 10-day injured list. No other details are known at this time.

Kopech did not disclose its personal decision-making process in the announcement. In accordance with the modified rules for the 2020 season, players have the exclusive right to withdraw without penalty. Those who have a particular medical basis for the decision can keep their salary and their service time; others sacrifice these things.

It is not clear in this case whether Kopech will continue to accumulate service time during the 2020 season. Otherwise, the 24-year-old will start the 2021 campaign with just over a full season of MLB service.

Kopech is one of the most exciting young talents in the White Sox organization. It debuted in 2018, showing great things but ultimately with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.


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