White Sox pitcher hasn’t started a game this season, but has pitched in rehab starts recently. When can South Siders expect left-hander to return?
When the White Sox selected Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the franchise confidence seemed evident in the 22-year-old Southpaw. The young left hander out of North Carolina State received a bonus of $6.582 million. A bonus that was higher than any player in that particular draft.
Since then Rodon has made 54 career appearances at the major league level, with a respectable ERA of 3.90. Now at 24 years of age, Rodon is currently the youngest major league ready pitcher within the organization; an organization currently in a pronounced rebuilding stage.
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The fate of the 2017 season was destined to be a coming out party for the young Rodon. A year that would ensure White Sox fans that their direction is a promising one. In a perfect world, this season would be the year in which Rodon solidified himself as a top of the rotation pitcher; excelling in an organization that already contains an extremity of young pitching talent.
In a year in which the White Sox hoped Rodon could offer over 30 starts, and 200 plus innings, they were lead to disappointment. Rodon began the season on the disabled list with bursitis in his left shoulder, eventually landing him on the 60-day DL in May.
Rodon has since made three rehab stints, one with class A advanced affiliate Winston-Salem, and the other two with the AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights. During those stints, Rodon’s numbers have been less than flattering with an 0-3 record while having an ERA of 8.53.
Despite Rodon’s lack luster numbers, he has vocally assured management that he feels healthy. An expected return date for Rodon will be announced after one final rehab performance. Although it may not be time to push the panic button on the 24-year-old left hander, a sub par return to the majors could leave White Sox fans in an array of doubt.