White Sox starting pitcher will miss the remainder of 2019 season after he gets Tommy John surgery. Another pitcher will also miss the rest of this season.
The fear of bad news for Carlos Rodon has become a reality. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced on Monday that Rodon is set to undergo Tommy John surgery later this week. The possibility of this procedure was first brought up when Rodon was placed on the injured list earlier this month.
Unfortunately for Rodon, he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season and his durability concerns that have plagued him over the past few years, won’t be going away anytime soon. Rodon started just seven games for the White Sox this season and compiled a 5.19 ERA with a 3-2 record.
Rodon has struggled with various injuries over the past few years which have prevented him from starting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on time. Now, his latest injury will prevent him from starting the 2020 season on time and could also harm his overall career.
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Drafted by the White Sox with the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, Rodon hasn’t been able to live up to his potential with the team on a consistent basis. His best season with the Sox came in 2016 when he finished that year with a 9-10 record and a 4.04 ERA through a career-high 28 starts.
Although he finished his rookie season of 2015 with a 9-6 record and a 3.75 ERA, he made just 23 starts in that year for the Sox. After the 2016 season, Rodon was unable to come close to making more than 20 starts in any year. In 2017, he made just 12 starts and last season he started 20 games but finished with a 6-8 record and 4.18 ERA.
Rodon will join other Sox pitchers that have already undergone Tommy John surgery since last September in prospects Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning. For Kopech, he could be in line to return to action by next Spring Training. Same with Dunning. Rodon, however, isn’t expected to be back on the mound for the Sox until perhaps the second half of the 2020 season.
Another Sox pitcher that will miss the remainder of this season after surgery is Nate Jones. The veteran relief pitcher had flexor mass surgery on Monday. Jones, similar to Rodon, has struggled with injuries throughout his career.
Jones’ latest injury could also hurt his career as the Sox hold a $5.15 million team option for 2020 with a $1.25 million buyout. Jones hasn’t pitched a full season since 2016 when he made 71 relief appearances out of the bullpen. If the Sox don’t pick up his option for next season, he could find himself without a major league team.