White Sox RHP Kopech put on IL with knee strain

by Daryn Albert - White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a left knee strain that he sustained while warming up prior to his start on Monday.

Chicago White Sox's Michael Kopech placed on IL after straining knee in warm-ups prior to last start 4:55 PM ET Jesse RogersESPN Staff Writer Close Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a left knee strain that he sustained while warming up prior to his start Monday against the Kansas City Royals . Kopech, 26, called team trainers to the mound while throwing his warm-up pitches but stayed in the game. He faced four batters -- hitting one, allowing an RBI single to Salvador Perez , and walking the bases full before departing. The Royals scored four times in that first inning en route to a 6-4 win. "What sucks most about today is I put the team in a tough situation,'' Kopech said after Monday's game. Kopech is 4-9 with a 3.58 ERA in 23 appearances this season, his first as a starter. The team recalled left-hander Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte to take Kopech's spot on the roster, but he might not take his place in the rotation. Banks has appeared only in relief this season. Right-hander Davis Martin, currently in Charlotte, has started four games for the White Sox this season and could be called upon for a spot start when Kopech's turn in the rotation comes up again.