Ever since he was selected third overall by the Chicago White Sox in 2014, all eyes were on Carlos Rodón to dominate. He flew through the farm system and his stuff was getting better with every outing. However, injuries began to pile up and it seemed number 55 would be a bust.
Before this season, Rodón had shown glimpses of dominance but he ran into a cycle of requiring season-ending surgery at the worst possible times. Finally, with a full season of health, we are treated to the untouchable Rodon.
With that in mind, it was concerning when the White Sox announced on Wednesday that Rodón would be hitting the 10-day IL with left shoulder fatigue. Losing him at this point of the season would be damaging to the team and rule out any talks of a Cy Young.
Fortunately, it seems the injured list stint may not be as damaging as Rodon appears ready to go. According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun, Rodon needed to miss a start or two to get back to 100 percent.
"“I’m telling you I’m looking forward to making that next start… Today I felt really good…Tomorrow is going to be another great day.” Rodón said.“After that Cubs start [in which he struck out 11 in five innings Aug. 8 at Wrigley Field], I didn’t recover quite as well as I would have liked,” he said. “Would rather be at 100% or close to 100% competing out there for my team. It was one of those decisions."
The news regarding Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox sounds very good.
When Rodón is feeling great, everyone is happy except for the batter. When healthy, he provides that competitive edge that will keep the team on their toes from here until October begins. Throwing from 90 feet on Monday, Rodón and the White Sox are hopeful for a return to the rotation for the series in Toronto, which begins Monday, August 23, according to James Fegan of The Athletic.
With one head of the three-headed monster returning to the rotation, along with the steady increase in bats waking up, this could provide tremendous momentum to propel the Sox into number one seeding. Just three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the first seed, it is an attainable goal. Rodón being back in the rotation makes the first seed achievable along with other big goals.