Michael Kopech - Michael Kopech is a 22-year-old flame thrower, and much like all the other younger names, the looming surgery was coming at some point. The White Sox were not planning on contending this season, and their rotation certainly needed Kopech to round out their younger rotation. Chicago is going to all about getting Kopech back on track, and as more of a future arm, they won’t rush him back. Kopech is going to miss the 2019 season, and Chicago will need to look for a few starter options to fill their rotation.
Frank Thomas is probably the household name in Chicago, and his fractured ankle in the 2004 season was sort of the major injury for him in his career. He did also tear a muscle in his arm, but most of these injuries were towards the end of the season. Thomas wouldn’t quite recover to be the same guy he was before, which makes sense at the time of his age. When Jake Peavy went to Chicago, he had to repair a detached muscle in his shoulder. Peavy was never quite as dominant as his San Diego days. He had to deal with on and off DL trips moving over the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.
John Danks was more fun for those picking on him in fantasy, but overall he had a major injury with shoulder surgery during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Danks was never able to put the injuries behind him, and produced mediocre stats the rest of the way. Tyler Flowers was an exciting catching prospect who started in Chicago. He never developed there, but turned into a quality backstop in Atlanta. Flowers missed the second half of the 2013 season with shoulder surgery. Chris Sale dodged some major injuries, but had a couple of stints like his broken foot in 2015. It was nothing major, and he returned within a few weeks.
Matt Davidson is a recent power third baseman, and still going strong these days. He suffered a fractured right foot, which shut down his 2016 season. Their backup third baseman, Brett Lawrie, had a hamstring injury that shut him down. Carlos Rodon is one of their up and coming pitchers, but bursitis in his left bicep required surgery and a missed 2017 season. Michael Kopech wasn’t far behind with an injury, and the younger arms seem to be destined for a lengthy DL stint. Kopech needed Tommy John, and with his delivery and velocity it made sense.