Rick Hahn: Michael Kopech Is Doing 'Good, Good'

Kopech opted out of playing in the 2020 season.

Laurence Holmes Show
July 24, 2020 - 1:31 pm
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(670 The Score) White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech is doing well in the wake of opting out of playing in the shortened season, general manager Rick Hahn said on the Laurence Holmes Show.

Kopech, 24, opted out on July 10 without he or the organization providing a specific explanation. A number of MLB players have chosen the same route amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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In the aftermath of Kopech opting out, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told the Sun-Times that he was "concerned that he's not OK" while referencing Kopech's past dealings with anxiety and depression.

Hahn refuted that viewpoint Friday afternoon ahead of the White Sox's season opener against the Twins in the evening.

"Good, good," Hahn said when asked how Kopech is doing. "There's no update in terms of future plans other than he knows he has our support and we're providing whatever assistance he needs in order to stay ready for 2021, and we look forward to welcoming him back."

Hahn didn't delve into specifics of Kopech's situation but did explain that it was easy for the organization to move forward with its support for him.

"Absolutely, we could not be happier that baseball is back and it's going to provide us, knock on wood, with a great deal of excitement and some distraction from real life over the course of the next three months," Hahn said. "That said, the real world is still out there. The real world obviously still has got a ton of issues going on right now. And when any individual is affected by that, I get it. We all get it. Jerry (Reinsdorf) gets it. Kenny (Williams) gets it. And we are here, from the front office through the clubhouse, to support one of our teammates with whatever they need, to deal with the world at large. I get it, man. It's easy to lose sight of that fact that you're dealing with human beings. You expect them to almost be above it all or superheroes in some way, but that's not reality. To support someone who is affected by the outside world, especially these days, it's an easy choice."

Kopech hasn't pitched in an MLB regular-season game since Sept. 5, 2018, after which he underwent Tommy John surgery. He missed all of 2019 while rehabbing.

Had he joined the White Sox and stayed healthy, Kopech was projected to be a key member of the team's pitching staff in some form -- whether that was as a starter or in a high-leverage role out of the bullpen.