Dallas Keuchel designated for assignment after White Sox pitcher’s ERA ballooned to 7.88

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox designated starter Dallas Keuchel for assignment, the team announced Saturday.

Keuchel had a 2-5 record and a 7.88 ERA with 20 strikeouts in eight starts this season.

The left-hander, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2015 with the Houston Astros, was a major addition during the 2019 offseason, agreeing to a three-year, $55.5 million deal. The contract included a team option for 2023.

Keuchel went 17-16 with a 4.79 ERA in 51 appearances (49 starts) for the Sox.

He finished fifth in the American League Cy Young voting in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 11 starts. Keuchel was 9-9 with a 5.28 ERA in 32 outings (30 starts) last season and was placed on the taxi squad for the playoffs.

Keuchel this month had strong outings at Boston (two runs in six innings on May 8) and against the New York Yankees (five shutout innings on May 14) before struggling against the Yankees on May 21 at Yankee Stadium (six runs in four innings) and Thursday against the Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (six runs in two innings).

In Saturday’s corresponding move, the Sox recalled infielder Danny Mendick from Triple-A Charlotte.