White Sox: Carlos Rodon Progressing After Shoulder Surgery

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Carlos Rodon
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Carlos Rodon /

Carlos Rodon continues his recovery from shoulder surgery in September. White Sox GM Rick Hahn says everything is on schedule.

Carlos Rodon is recovering well from arthroscopic shoulder surgery and everything is on schedule. Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn addressed the media with reports at the winter meetings. Rodon’s agent, Scott Boras, also told reporters Rodon was “doing great and the White Sox see him as a top-of-the-rotation starter.

"“Everything is progressing according to schedule. Until he’s in Spring Training and really getting after it and throwing the ball again, we won’t really know when that window will fall. But so far it’s been positive.” -Rick Hahn"

Rodon’s recovery could be a key for the Sox moving forward. They already need to sign a starting pitcher to take his place. Boras says the organization sees him as a frontline starter but the youngster has a lot to prove before any fan buys that. But what is his agent supposed to say? However, that would be a huge plus for this team. Pitching is becoming a strength and a healthy Rodon makes it that much better.

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Rodon just turned 25 so he could have a lot of baseball left. Shoulder injuries are alarming this early in his career. In 63 starts, he is 20-21 with a 3.95 ERA. The White Sox were really expecting more from the left-hander. They were hoping to get a dominant force that could be their ace for the future. So far it hasn’t worked out but that doesn’t mean he can’t bounce back from injury.

The White Sox are a better team with Rodon in the rotation. When he is on, he is dominant. He just hasn’t been able to stay healthy. It’s not even clear if he’ll be ready by Opening Day. There’s really no need for the White Sox to rush him back. 2018 isn’t a contending year for them. It would really be best if they allow him to take as much time as he needs so he’s 100 percent.

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Rodon may have pitched last season but he never seemed 100 percent. It may have been a case where the team decided to let him come back, even though he wasn’t ready. Hopefully, that won’t impact his career for the long term. He is still young and obviously has talent. Now the organization has to manage him and bring him back from injury properly. If they can do that and he can pitch to his potential, the rotation will be that much more dangerous.