Fulmer not shrinking from first taste of adversity
Manager Ventura ready to give White Sox top prospect another shot at earliest opportunity
By Brian Hedger
Special to MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- It was bound to happen at some point for White Sox top prospect Carson Fulmer, who is looking to rebound from his first rough relief outing.
After cruising through his first two Major League appearances, Fulmer's third was anything but a charm in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Friday night. Handed a 5-4 lead to protect in the seventh inning, Fulmer recorded just two outs and took his first career loss. Chicago's first-round pick in 2015, taken eighth overall, Fulmer allowed three runs and struggled to locate the strike zone. He threw 30 pitches, just 12 for strikes, and walked three.
"I felt like I did every other time I take the mound," Fulmer said. "It's just that I didn't have a good feel for what I was throwing up there and tried to change to a couple of other pitches. They just weren't working. But that's what you sign up for. That's why you play this game. This game's challenging, and you're going to face adversity all the time. It's just a matter of learning from that experience and moving on."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he'd like to give Fulmer a chance to redeem himself as soon as possible.
"You feel a little bad for him when he goes out there and does that," Ventura said. "He had two really good ones [before that], so that one is a little unexpected, and you expect him to bounce back from it."
Fulmer, 22, expects the same. His focus a day later was squarely on his next opportunity to pitch, whenever it might be.
"You have to put it behind you," said Fulmer, who hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since his freshman season at Vanderbilt. "If you want to get to where you want to be in your career, you're going to have to face failure. It's just the game."
* Adam Eaton was back in the starting lineup in right field and leading off Saturday, after leaving the game Friday in the eighth inning because of a sore foot. Eaton fouled a ball hard off his foot earlier in the game, but postgame X-rays didn't show any fractures.
"I think [Friday] night it was at a point where he felt like he couldn't really stand," Ventura said. "I took him out, but it was at a point, even seeing him running around, he got treated last night and today, and he feels like he can go."
* Second baseman Brett Lawrie missed his second straight game because of tightness in his left hamstring. Ventura said the injury doesn't require a stint on the 15-day disabled list and hopes Lawrie can return early next week.
* Catcher Alex Avila, who's on the DL with a hamstring strain, said he's "back to square one," after aggravating it during his Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte earlier this week.
"It'll probably be 2-to-4 weeks or so, depending on how I progress," Avila said. "I probably tried to rush back a little too quick and wasnt ready. It's frustrating. I'd like to be back, but you have to let nature take its course."
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.