Dr. Neal El Attrache confirmed there was no structural damage to White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon’s bicep. The lefty will open the season the disabled list.
Carlos Rodon got some good news regarding his sore bicep. Dr. Neal El Attrache confirmed there was no ligament damage to the Chicago White Sox pitcher according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com. El Attrache diagnosed the 24-year-old with bursitis, which means he’ll start the season the disabled list.
The lefty will be on a two-week throwing program. It’s unclear when he will be back, as he will re-evaluated after the program. The fact there’s no structural damage softens the blow for a team that was hoping Rodon would step up and be a frontline starter. That’s not out of the realm of possibility but it’s concerning he’s having arm issues so early in his career.
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No one is really at fault here. Injuries come up all the time and it’s one of those things you just have to deal with. It’s unfortunate that it’s someone as talented as Rodon. Still, with the injury not being as serious, there’s hope he can return to the rotation, better than before.
It will be difficult to replace the lefty but hopefully they won’t need to do it for long. After the throwing program, he can hopefully come back to the team and be successful. He is an important piece to their future. And they can’t afford to do anything to put him at risk for another injury.
The worst thing the organization could do is rush him back from injury. I doubt that will happen. Anytime a team is dealing with an arm issue, it has to be dealt with extreme caution. The White Sox will definitely ease his way back into the rotation. It might not be a bad idea for them to even send him down to the minors so he can ease his way back in.