Yankees get White Sox pitcher DFA'd after Saturday destruction, Juan Soto HRs

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This move might've already been under consideration, but the New York Yankees put their stamp of approval on it before the weekend concluded. After demolishing the White Sox in a three-game series sweep, Chicago made a roster move on Sunday night to address their woes.

Pitcher Brad Keller was designated for assignment after serving up batting practice to the Yankees on Saturday in the Sox's 6-1 loss.

Keller lasted just four innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk. He surrendered four home runs, including two to Juan Soto, one to Jose Trevino and another to Giancarlo Stanton.

Nobody said facing the red-hot Yankees would be an easy task, nor did anybody expect a pitcher like Keller to be judged on his performance, but it seems that was the final straw for the White Sox.

Keller actually put forth a 2.84 ERA and 3.94 FIP in his first 12 2/3 innings with Chicago. Then he faced the Yankees and those numbers ballooned to 4.86 and 6.57.

Yankees get White Sox pitcher DFA'd after Saturday destruction, Juan Soto HRs

The White Sox don't know who will replace Keller in the rotation just yet, but it's safe to say a downtrodden team like that shouldn't be employing an over-the-hill veteran whose likelihood of offering quality innings is slim.

And we weren't joking when we said he was throwing batting practice. In an 0-1 count to Soto, this was Keller's decision:

Both of Soto's home runs off Keller traveled a total of 854 feet, traveling well beyond the short porch. After that, the struggling Michael Soroka came in to reliever Keller, and the right-hander tossed four scoreless innings and logged seven strikeouts. If he was able to somewhat neutralize the Yankees while Keller couldn't limit a smidge of damage, that was probably all the White Sox needed to see.

That opposite-field 382-foot shot from Stanton was no sloucher, either. Chris Flexen should be looking over his shoulder after getting rocked for seven earned runs against the Bombers on Sunday, too.