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White Sox: Carlos Rodon Transferred to 60-Day Disabled List

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Sep 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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White Sox young hurler transferred to 60-day disabled list, while a veteran reliever is placed on 10-day DL. South Siders battling injuries early in the season.

The Chicago White Sox announced they’ve transferred starting pitcher Carlos Rodon to the 60-Day disabled list. The Sox also announced relief pitcher Nate Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow neuritis. Jones placement on the disabled list is retroactive to May 1.

With Rodon being transferred to the 60-day disabled list, the Sox purchased the contract of David Holmberg from Triple-A Charlotte. Rodon’s prolonged absence leaves a huge void in the Sox starting rotation. Rodon was diagnosed with bursitis in his left biceps.  James Shields is already on the disabled list with a strained lat injury, and he could also miss more time.

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Rodon’s injury is tough for the Sox as he was expected to be the team’s number two starter this season behind Jose Quintana. With Rodon missing significant time to begin the season, fans have to wonder if the 2014 first round draft pick will ever realize his true potential?

Rodon finished the 2016 season strong and was 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA in his second MLB campaign. However, Rodon made just one start during Spring Training this year, and most likely won’t start a game until after the All-Star break.

For Jones, his injury leaves a void in the Sox bullpen. With the loss of Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka to injuries, the Sox bullpen was already starting to become thin. Now with the loss of Jones, the Sox will have to rely on an unproven arm in the setup role.

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Hopefully Jones is able to come back from his injury sooner rather than later. For Rodon, the hope is he’s able to pitch this season for the Sox. The Sox starting rotation could become a weakness for the team with Rodon injured. Although the Sox are rebuilding this season, the loss of Rodon will hurt the young left-handed pitcher’s development.

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