Things have been quiet on the Carlos Rodon front. Last we heard, the White Sox lefty was throwing off the mound in Arizona.
The Chicago White Sox have been struggling since their impressive start to the season. The team has dropped their last four games and is 2-8 in their last 10 contests. And Carlos Rodon, who was thought to be a centerpiece of their starting rotation, has been absent all season. Fans got a peak of him a couple weeks ago when he was in town to be evaluated. Since then, he has been in Arizona and it was reported he’s been throwing off the mound.
That’s definitely progress but we really haven’t heard anything from the organization about his status or progress. He’s been doing his thing down in Arizona and the team has acted like he doesn’t exist. Strange considering they view him as a frontline starter.
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The organization probably doesn’t want to sound the alarm. Arm issues are very tricky and he’s only 24. They don’t want to rush him back and risk him suffering further damage. Pitching has been an issue. This team desperately needs some help in the rotation and Rodon could be the answer. If he can get himself healthy.
All we know right now is he continues to throw in Arizona and now it’s off a mound. But he’s yet to appear in a game. And there’s no telling when he’ll be ready to do that. There has been no talk of when or where he could potentially do a rehab assignment.
Rodon is an important part of this team’s future. At least right now he is. There is a surplus of pitching in the minors that could potentially pass him up. Especially if he’s dealing with arm issues. That could spell doom for a guy who looked like he had so much potential. The best thing for him is that the organization takes him along slowly.
This season is largely expected to be a loss. So there’s no need to rush him along. If it means keeping him out until after the All-Star break, so be it. Rick Hahn is trying to build a long-term winner and a healthy Rodon can definitely contribute to that.