White Sox: Carlos Rodon Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, to Miss 6-8 Months

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

Carlos Rodon had surgery on left shoulder in Los Angeles. The recovery time is anywhere from six to eight months.

Carlos Rodon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left shoulder in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn made the announcement at his final press conference Thursday. The recovery time is anywhere from six to eight months.

Earlier this month the White Sox shut down Rodon. It seems like the damage to his shoulder may have been more problematic than we were led to believe. Significant bursitis was found in his shoulder and a debridement of the area was done writes Scott Merkin. The rotator cuff and labrum were normal. But he is expected to make a full recovery.

"“The timing as to his return to a Major League mound is still difficult to pinpoint at this point and will be dependent on how his rehab goes. We will not know more of the specifics of that timing until Carlos [Rodon] completes his rehab and begins throwing in Spring Training. So there won’t be any updates on timing there until we get to Glendale next spring.”-Rick Hahn"

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This does put his status for 2018 into question. Based off the timeline he could be back for opening day on June 1. Hahn also informed reporters there would be no update on his condition until the start of spring training.

The 24-year-old made only 12 starts this season and threw 69 1/3 innings. It was a disappointing season and one he’ll probably want to forget. He was 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA. The bigger question becomes if he’s someone the organization can rely on moving forward.

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This also puts the Sox starting rotation for 2018 in limbo. The team still has veteran James Shields on the roster. And it looks like Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez should be in there as well. But the White Sox were expecting Rodon to help anchor that staff. Now they may have to sign two free agents to fill the void because Michael Kopech may not be ready. We don’t want to jump to conclusions but that’s one more question the White Sox will have to answer heading in the offseason.