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Chicago White Sox optioning Michael Kopech has minimal impact

The Chicago White Sox optioned Michael Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday afternoon as Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reported.

Kopech, 23, made his return to game action this spring as he tossed an inning in which he struck out one and allowed no baserunners.

Considering that was the first inning he had thrown in over a year due to Tommy John Surgery, it is not surprising, by any stretch, that the team decided to option Kopech.

On top of it, the hiatus has given Gio Gonzalez time to heal, which gives the Chicago White Sox a full five-man starting rotation for Opening Day, whenever that is.