White Sox: Carlos Rodon to Pitch Rehab Start for Winston-Salem
White Sox young pitcher set to begin rehab assignment with Single-A Winston-Salem. The 2014 first round draft pick hasn’t pitched this season.
The Chicago White Sox could be getting a key member of its starting rotation back soon. Carlos Rodon, who hasn’t pitched this season except for one outing in Spring Training will make a rehab start on Tuesday night for Single-A Winston-Salem.
Rodon has been sidelined since the end of Spring Training as he was placed on the disabled list with upper-biceps bursitis. The 24-year-old pitcher is entering his third season with the Sox, and could be a important member of the starting rotation in 2017.
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The Sox lack of depth in their starting rotation was exposed last week, as the South Siders had to rely heavily on the bullpen. Miguel Gonzalez was the only pitcher that pitched six or more innings twice in the last week.
While the Sox are looking for longer outings from their starting pitchers, Rodon will look to get healthy with rehab starts. Rodon finished last season strongly for the Sox as he had four quality starts in September. His best start of 2016 came against the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 25. In that game, Rodon pitched eight innings while recording a season-high 11 strikeouts.
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Rodon finished 2016 with a 9-10 record and 4.04 ERA in his first full season as a starting pitcher in the majors. The Sox surely need a healthy Rodon for the remainder of this season, as he still has the potential to be a frontline starter for the team. Rodon could require four rehab starts before returning to the Sox, but as long as he’s healthy this team should benefit with him back in the starting rotation.