Chicago White Sox’s pitching coach, Don Cooper, is concerned about right-handed Michael Kopech, who recently signed out of the upcoming 2020 season.
The 24-year-old Kopech missed the entire 2019 season when he recovered from surgery at Tommy John, but should fight for a place in the Chicago rotation this year. He spoke publicly about his anxiety and depression, which Cooper quoted in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Michael, but I do know that he is dealing with anxiety and depression, and I think I hope he is fine,” Cooper told the Sun-Times. “And I hope he gets where he needs to be, where he feels good and wants to come back because we̵
Kopech also missed the start of the summer camp earlier this month because of a personal matter the White Sox called.
“The last time I saw him in spring training, he was in a great place,” Cooper told the Sun-Times. “But let me put it this way: I really hope the child is fine. I am worried that he is not well.”
Kopech, which hit 100 mph during spring training last March, has made no public comments about its decision to end the season.
The White Sox did not announce on Friday whether Kopech tested positive for COVID-19 or was exposed to the virus. General Manager Rick Hahn said in a statement that “It is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete to make this decision, and so is our organization.” understanding and supportive. “
“Michael was pretty open and available to [the media] on a lot of difficult issues, but he’s not in the mood to talk right now, “Cooper told the Sun-Times.” If Michael is ready to talk, you will get the right deal. “
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon also expressed his support for Kopech.
“It is Michael’s decision and we have no idea what is going on in his world, and as a team we support him 100 percent,” Rodon told the newspaper. “It’s a hard loss. He’s a guy who can increase our rotation or wherever he would line up in the arms. But he’s looking forward to having it again next year.”
Kopech, who made four starts in 2018 before suffering an elbow injury, was an important part of the five-player trade that sent all-star pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox after the 2016 season.