White Sox Activate Carlos Rodon from Disabled List, DFA Chris Beck

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

White Sox starting pitcher makes a return from injury, will make season debut in a start against Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

The Chicago White Sox activated Carlos Rodon from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. They also designated right-handed pitcher Chris Beck for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster.

Rodon will make his season debut for the Sox on Saturday afternoon against the Boston Red Sox. The 2014 first-round draft pick underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder last September. Rodon made four rehab starts this season, with three of those starts being with Triple-A Charlotte.

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The Sox will welcome back Rodon to a rotation that badly needs some consistency. Currently, the Sox rank 29th in starting pitching this season with a 5.42 team ERA. Rodon has started the 2017 season also coming off of an injury, and he will need to maintain consistency through this year in order to help the Sox starting rotation.

With the Sox getting Rodon back, they should have a better chance of limiting the workload of their bullpen. Currently, Sox starters have pitched just a combined 322 innings this season, good for only 25th in the league. Last season, Rodon had 12 total starts and pitched more than six innings in seven of those outings.

Rodon finished 2017 with a 2-5 record and a 4.15 ERA. He hasn’t made more than 25 starts in a season since 2016 when he started 28 games for the Sox. That season, Rodon finished with a 9-10 record and 4.04 ERA.

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The Sox aren’t likely to make to a run towards contention this year as they have a 21-40 record entering play on Saturday. However, the team is playing better as of late as they have a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. Rodon’s return can help the Sox moving forward, but he will need to establish himself as a top of the rotation starter to give the team its best chance at continuing to improve.