White Sox: Carlos Rodon Likely Will Return in June

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 02: Carlos Rodon
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 02: Carlos Rodon /

Carlos Rodon will sit out spring training while he recovers from shoulder surgery. The left-hander will likely return in June.

Carlos Rodon will not suit up for the Chicago White Sox in any Cactus League games and will likely return in June Richard Justice reports. The lefty continues to recover from the shoulder surgery he had in September. Rick Hahn told Justice his first action against competition will likely happen during extended Spring Training. He will then go on a rehab assignment.

The recovery timetable from his surgery will be closer to the eight-month mark. The White Sox originally stated the recovery time would be between six and eight months.

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Any positive news on the Rodon front is always welcomed. He came out of college with such promise and it’s been tough watching him go through the ups and downs. Some Sox fans have compared him to Mark Prior, another young stud who didn’t live up to potential due to injuries.

Durability will be a huge concern for the 25-year-old He has yet to prove he can stay healthy. That will continue to be a concern until Rodon shows he can be healthy. And that doesn’t mean one full season. He will need to come back and be able to pitch for a few years injury free if he wants to totally live up to the hype.

The White Sox do find themselves in a favorable position because their farm system is stocked with excellent arms. If Carson Fulmer can prove this season he can hold down a rotation spot, that makes the potential starting rotation depth even stronger. That could make Rodon less important to the organization if he cannot stay healthy.

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At his age, Rodon could still have a bright career ahead of him. Hopefully his luck changes and he proves to be an effective pitcher for this team.