Fulmer hit hard in White Sox's 6-4 loss to Twins
In his last two starts, Carson Fulmer showed the Chicago White Sox he can be more than a relief pitcher in the future while allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits in 13 innings while winning both decisions.
"He slowed himself down a little bit," manager Rick Renteria said. "Basically having a better sense and growing in confidence, attacking the strike zone, trusting that he can mix his pitches as he should, sequencing."
In Friday night's start against the Twins, Fulmer showed he's still a work in progress in the Sox's 6-4 loss at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Fulmer (2-2) lasted just 3⅔ innings against Minnesota and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks.
The Twins hit 4 solo home runs off the White Sox's 24-year-old righty, 2 by Eduardo Escobar.
"I thought he had really good stuff but he wasn't able to command it like the last two starts," Renteria said. "He wasn't hitting his spots and the ball was coming back over the plate."
Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a 2-run homer in the first inning.
Yoan Moncada left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a strained left hamstring.
The Sox's second baseman had to make early exits with the injury three times in the last two weeks, and he's hoping to avoid the disabled list.
"I don't think it's anything serious," Moncada said through an interpreter after Friday night's loss. "But it's there. I can't play my game; I can't play free. I think two, three, four days off, I'll be able to recuperate and I can come back 100 percent."
Twins designated hitter Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi visited White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar at Rush University Medical Center Friday morning.
The three were teammates with Tampa Bay, and Farquhar and Morrison played together in Seattle.
"I was really, really blown away, impressed, surprised by how well he's doing," Morrison told Minnesota beat reporters. "Walking around, talking, doing great. He's already talking about, 'I can't believe they put me on the 60-day (disabled list)."
During an April 20 game against the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field, Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm. He had surgery the next day and is still recovering at Rush.
"He's moving along well," Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I have not visited him, but we just know that things are moving along in a positive manner."
Morrison said the 31-year-old Farquhar is determined to get back on the mound.
"He loves to play the game," Morrison said. "He loves to pitch. If he's able to, he'll be the guy who does it, for sure. Nothing's going to stop him from doing that, so I think if he's able to get off the mound and throw again it would be awesome for him to break my bat, for sure, and get me out."