Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Gregory Santos is making strides in his recovery from an elbow injury, with promising updates provided by the team's general manager, Chris Getz. Santos, who encountered elbow troubles during the 2023 season, is currently engaged in a rigorous training regimen in Arizona.
While the White Sox aspire to have him fully prepared for the commencement of the 2024 season, there are indications that he might not be operating at full capacity when spring training kicks off. At the age of 24, Gregory Santos is on the verge of stepping into a pivotal role as part of the White Sox bullpen.
The team envisions him sharing the closer's responsibilities with left-hander Garrett Crochet in the upcoming season. However, before he can assume this crucial role, Santos must ensure a complete recovery from the right-elbow inflammation that sidelined him towards the end of the 2023 campaign.
Save Opportunities in Flux
As the Chicago White Sox undergo a comprehensive rebuilding phase this offseason, it's unclear how many save opportunities will arise for Santos and his fellow relievers. The team's focus on reconstruction may limit the number of save chances in the upcoming season, adding an element of uncertainty to Santos' role.
In his inaugural full MLB season, which followed his debut in 2021, the Dominican reliever showcased his potential. Santos recorded an impressive 3.39 ERA, accompanied by an outstanding 2.65 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) and a 1.29 Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP).
He also notched five career saves, while striking out an impressive 66 batters over 66 1/3 relief innings. With his rehabilitation journey underway, Gregory Santos remains a player to watch as the White Sox aim to rejuvenate their bullpen and contend in the upcoming season.
The team's success will undoubtedly hinge, in part, on Santos' ability to make a full recovery and contribute effectively in his designated role. As spring training approaches, fans and analysts will be closely monitoring Santos' progress, eager to see if he can return to peak form and help the White Sox secure victories in 2024.