After another rough start against Cubs, is Fulmer out of White Sox's rotation?

If he was pitching for a contending team, Carson Fulmer would likely be on the move.

He'd be dropped from the starting rotation to the bullpen, or possibly the minor leagues.

On the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, Fulmer is one of multiple young players fortunate enough to get a chance to learn on the job.

It was another difficult lesson in Friday's interleague outing against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Lasting just 1⅔ innings, Fulmer was rocked for 5 runs on 3 hits, the big one being Willson Contreras' grand slam in the Cubs' 5-run first.

Over his last two starts, the 24-year-old righty has allowed 9 earned runs on 10 hits and 6 walks in 5⅓ innings, swelling his season ERA to 6.23.

"It would be premature for me to comment on that right now," Sox manager Rick Renteria said when asked if Fulmer was in danger of losing his job. "We'll sit down and talk about it, but right now he's still slated to make that next start. We'll see what we can figure out and we'll see if we can put him back on track and continue to move forward."

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Vanderbilt, Fulmer has no doubt he is better off in the White Sox's rotation.

"I want to be a starter, and I am a starter," Fulmer said. "This organization's given me an opportunity to go out there and prove that, and I have. I've gone out there and I've pitched deep into ballgames. I think that slowing the game down a little bit and not trying to be too perfect, when I do that, a lot of balls get left out over the plate.

"Just trust my ability to go out there and throw, throw strikes and pound the zone, which I'm very capable of doing. You take as much as you can out of this outing. I'm very frustrated, but I'll bounce back tomorrow and get ready for the next one coming up soon."

Lesson learned:

Leury Garcia learned his lesson.

"That happens when you don't do what you're supposed to do," the White Sox's outfielder/infielder said.

In Wednesday's interleague game against the Pirates at Guaranteed Rate Field, Garcia dropped down a bunt in the seventh inning and was thrown out at first base.

"I don't think I would have been safe, but I can run a little bit harder," Garcia said.

Sox manager Rick Renteria obviously agreed, which is why Garcia was benched for the remainder of the game. He is fond of Garcia's versatility and usual hustle, but Renteria felt it was important to send the right message.

"It's about trying to create the identity that we wish to have as far as who we are as an organization," he said. "We will get to that point, I think we're nearing that point, where conversations will be had where I don't have to remove someone from the ballgame. But the conversation has to be had during that ballgame to make sure someone understands that's not something that is acceptable.

"Once you allow that line to be crossed, it starts spreading a little deeper and everybody feels that it's OK. It's about changing the mindset."

Garcia understands why Renteria pulled him from Wednesday's game.

"He wants everybody to play hard, give a good effort," Garcia said. "I didn't do it, so he took me out. You learn every day. It's not going to happen anymore."

Taking the lead:

For the first time in his still young career, Nicky Delmonico batted leadoff for the White Sox Friday.

The left fielder was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Sox's 11-2 loss to the Cubs.

"Nicky is doing a great job of getting on base, he's been working it very well," manager Rick Renteria said. "With (Yoan Moncada) out, we've been kind of moving guys around."

On the mend:

White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar posted a pair of pictures on Instagram Thursday night, one of himself and his wife Lexi and another with family and staff from Rush University Medical Center, where he was treated for a ruptured brain aneurysm.

"Overwhelmed with the love and support that was shown to me and my family these past few weeks," Farquhar wrote. "Thank you to the @whitesox, White Sox Fans and RUSH University Hospital. My wife and I are blessed to have an incredible support system with both our families. I am home and healing and can't wait to be back on the mound!"

Farquhar collapsed in the dugout shortly after pitching against the Astros on April 21 at Guaranteed Rate Field. He was released from Rush on Monday.

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