UPDATE: Carlos Rodon Undergoes MRI, Will Not Pitch Again in 2017

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Carlos Rodon
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Carlos Rodon /

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon underwent an MRI Friday that showed left should inflammation. He will not pitch again in 2017.

Chicago White Sox left hander Carlos Rodon underwent an MRI that revealed should inflammation prior to the team’s tilt against the San Francisco Giants on Friday writes Scott Merkin. The left hander was scratched before his scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Merkin also tweets he’s been placed on the 10-day disabled list and will not pitch again this season. The team will reevaluate his condition next week.

This should not come as a surprise to fans. It’s not worth risking his health. The White Sox expect him to be their future ace and need the 2014 first round draft pick healthy next season. It’s another bump in the road for Rodon. He missed the first three months of the season dealing with bursitis. The 24-year-old made just 12 starts this season and ends with a 2-5 record and 4.15 ERA. He did look much better as of late, posting a 3.00 ERA over his last seven starts.

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It makes sense for the organization to error on the side of caution in this case. Rodon does them no good if he’s out there pitching hurt. And he is too valuable to lose. It’s been a rough go for Rodon but he should be able to come back at 100 percent next season.

He has yet to really show he can be the ace of this staff. But he is still young and showed a lot of promise in his last seven starts. Last season he went 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA in 28 starts.

It will be interesting to see how they approach his contract during the offseason. He made a modest $600,000 this season and will go into his first year of arbitration. Will Rick Hahn try to lock him up long term or will they just take it a year at a time?

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The White Sox have him under team control until 2022. We’ll have to wait and see. They’ve shown a willingness to lock up their pitchers. After all, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana had extremely team-friendly contract. Maybe they will do the same with Rodon. Only time will tell.