Sox reliever Ramon Troncosco placed on DL with heart condition
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN August 17, 2013 4:58PM
Updated: August 17, 2013 5:28PM
The White Sox placed 30-year-old right-hander Ramon Troncoso on the disabled list Saturday with a heart condition and called up right-hander Jake Petricka from AAA Charlotte.
Manager Robin Ventura said Troncoso, who experienced the same heart condition, pericarditis, about three years ago, felt chest pain Friday and was unavailable to pitch. He was sent to a local hospital and was expected to be released soon, Ventura said.
Petricka, 25, a second-round draft pick in 2010, improved substantially at AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte this season after switching to the bullpen.
“It was a complete surprise because I felt there were a few guys in front of me,’’ said the 6-5, 200-pound Petricka, a power arm who posted a 5-0 record with a 1.81 ERA and one save over 31 games between AA and AAA
“I gave up a few too many hits, too many walks,’’ Petricka said. ‘’[AA pitching coach] Britt Burns and [AA manager] Julio Vinas sat me down and said, ‘you’re not starting any more. You have to go out there and be ready from the get-go. From that point on I put up good numbers. It clicked.
“Just being aggressive in the zone and that’s been paying off this year. Just attacking hitters.’’
This season, Petricka has averaged 9.5 strikeouts and 4.1 walks per nine innings.
“For me I kind of look at it a little like Nate [Jones] was probably a couple of years ago,’’ Ventura said. “And working his way through, you know he throws hard and it’s more about location right now and being able to pitch.’’
Petricka is from a Minneapolis suburb, so wearing a major league uniform for the first time near home was a bonus. He was expecting between 30 and 40 family and friends to attend Saturday’s game.