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Ramon Troncoso placed on DL; Jake Petricka called up

Updated: September 19, 2013 10:18AM



MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox placed right-hander Ramon Troncoso on the disabled list Saturday with a heart condition and called up right-hander Jake Petricka from Class AAA Charlotte.

Troncoso, 30, has pericarditis, a swelling of tissue around the heart’s outer wall. He felt chest pain Friday, was sent to a local hospital and was expected to be released soon, manager Robin Ventura said. The condition first cropped up about three years ago.

Troncoso is 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA in 25 appearances.

Petricka ‘surprised’

Petricka, 25, a second-round draft pick in 2010, improved substantially at Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte 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-pounder, a power arm who posted a 5-0 record with a 1.81 ERA and one save over 31 games between AA and AAA after struggling while splitting time between Class A and AA in 2012.

“I gave up a few too many hits, too many walks,’’ Petricka said.

This season, Petricka has averaged 9.5 strikeouts and 4.1 walks per nine innings.

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 the game on Saturday.

Do your job

Ventura emphasized the importance of playing well and doing things right even though there is nothing to be gained in the standings for his last-place team.

“To me that’s always important,’’ he said. “Going into next year you have to do that. You’re a professional and need to make sure you’re trying to win games. It goes on people’s records, as far as players. [Chris] Sale goes out tonight, it stays forever on his record.’’

This and that

Conor Gillaspie (left thumb) was available to pinch hit after coming out of the game on Friday.

◆ Class AAA shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Micah Johnson will play in the Arizona Fall League. The third Sox prospect is to be determined.

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