White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon allowed five runs on four hits in his first rehab start for Winston-Salem. He told reports his arm felt good after the game.
Carlos Rodon allowed five runs on four hits in his first rehab start for Class A Advanced affiliate Winston-Salem. While that’s not the result the Chicago White Sox were looking for, he did tell reporters his arm felt good after the game. His goal was to make it into the fifth inning but the left hander lasted only 3 1/3 innings.
Rodon had six strikeouts and two walks. His fastball was in the mid-90s according to J. Scott Butherus of MLB.com. The team said he would likely need at least four more starts before he would be ready to join the club. His return would be a huge lift for the starting rotation.
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Hopefully he can get back to the team sooner rather than later. He did get knocked around at Class A. That sounds a little concerning because he’s not facing near the type of hitters he’ll face when he rejoins the team. I’m willing to give him a pass on this. It’s his first appearance since Spring Training and we should be more concerned about how he’s feeling than the result.
As time goes on, he should get more comfortable. Then he should get more effective. Now, if he’s getting hit hard in his third rehab start, then there’s cause for concern. But right now he’s just trying to work his way back and get more comfortable on the mound.
This was a good first step for Rodon. The big thing now is that he doesn’t suffer a setback. The White Sox took great care in ensuring he was ready before sending him on a rehab assignment, so that shouldn’t be an issue. They desperately need some reinforcements in the starting rotation and this is a good sign. If Rodon can return and be the guy he was towards the end of last season, this team will instantly be improved.