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White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper hospitalized

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is being treated in a hospital following a bout of diverticulitis.

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is being treated in a hospital following a bout of diverticulitis, according to Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune.

Cooper will not be with the White Sox tonight as the club opens a three-game interleague series against the Washington Nationals. However, Gonzales notes that the coach's ailment isn't considered to be severe enough to prompt Chicago to promote someone from the minors to handle his duties. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen will be in the dugout tonight covering for Cooper, while bullpen catcher Mark Salas will handle Thigpen's usual role.

Cooper complained of stomach pain after the team arrived at its Washington area hotel, and soon after he was taken to the Inova Hospital in Arlington, VA by the team's trainer.

I can't say that I've ever had the pleasure of diverticulitis, and after checking out Web MD it seems as though I should count myself lucky. Doctors aren't sure what causes the mysterious ailment, but it is certain that the condition can be extremely painful. There are many symptoms related to diverticulitis, and none of them will leave the impacted with much of an appetite.

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