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White Sox: Rodon Will Make Season Debut Against Yankees

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Sep 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Carlos Rodon will make his season debut against the New York Yankees. The White Sox welcome the left hander back after a shoulder injury.

The Chicago White Sox will welcome Carlos Rodon back to the starting rotation this week. The left hander hasn’t pitched since spring training because of left biceps bursitis. He has been recovering in Arizona since the start of the season and will finally make his season debut. The 24-year-old joined the team Sunday and will start either Wednesday or Thursday against the New York Yankees.

Rodon made four rehab starts in the minors. He was 0-4 with a 10.06 ERA, allowing 19 runs over 17 innings. That is a little concerning since he’s not pitching against major league competition. However, Scott Merkin writes the organization was more concerned with his arm strength, not the stats.

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The organization took real care in ensuring Rodon was ready to go. They didn’t want to rush him back from injury and risk further damage to his bicep. He is definitely seen as a cornerstone of the new look White Sox. The front office definitely wanted to make sure he was 100 percent before they allowed him back.

It will be interesting to see how Rodon does now that he’s back in the rotation. Remember, he didn’t pitch at all during spring training. So he hasn’t seen major league hitting since last season. He struggled in the minors but that shouldn’t be a huge concern. It’ll be important that he gets off to a strong start against the Yankees. If he’s not executing his pitches or comes out cold, it could be a short season debut for him.

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Rodon’s return definitely gives this team a boost. Starting pitching has been a concern but that really won’t have too much of an impact on the season. The White Sox are struggling to win games but they’re not really in the position to compete. It will be nice to see the team go on a win streak now that Rodon is back, but the real focus should be acquiring talent with an eye to the future.

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