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Richard stays in the rotation; Colon put on disabled list
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Clayton Richard


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Published: 7/29/2009 1:40 PM | Updated: 7/29/2009 1:42 PM

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With the White Sox putting Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list, it appears Clayton Richard will keep his place as the team's fifth starter afterall.

The Sox announced this afternoon that they've placed Colon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) due to right elbow inflammation. In turn, they purchased the contract of left-hander Randy Williams from Class AAA Charlotte. Colon was scratched from tonight's against the Twins and Jose Contreras was tabbed to fill in. The move allows manager Ozzie Guillen to keep Richard in the rotation. Richard won his last start on Sunday, beating Detroit.

Williams, 33, is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA (14 ER/36.2 IP) and 40 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances with Charlotte in 2009. He compiled a 1.53 ERA (3 ER/17.2 IP) combined in June and July. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder limited opponents to a .220 (31-141) average, with right-handers hitting .200 (16-80) and lefties .246 (15-61).

Colon, 36, is 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA (29 ER/62.1 IP) in 12 starts this season with the White Sox. He also was on the disabled list from June 8-July 22 with patella femoral inflammation in his left knee.