GLENDALE, AZ – White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon was scheduled to start this afternoon’s Cactus League match-up against the Oakland Athletics, he has since been scratched from that start.
The White Sox announced this morning that Rodon is experiencing some soreness in his left bicep. Although the Sox said that an earlier exam was positive, the left-hander will undergo an MRI on the left arm in the coming days. The club doesn’t believe that Rodon has any structural damage at this point, but did state that Rodon will not only miss this start, but likely begin the season on the disabled list.
Rodon, 24, has made one start this spring due to what he and the White Sox have called a plan to ease him into the season, after Rodon reportedly dealt with soreness and fatigue down the stretch in 2016. Rodon threw four scoreless innings, and struck out five hitters in his lone Cactus League start last weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.
The talented left-hander posted a 9-10 record with a 4.04 ERA over the course of 165.0 innings pitched for the White Sox in 2016, starting out slow in the first half of the season before turning in on after the all-star break, finishing the season out with a 7-3 record over his final 12 starts.
Rodon posted a 3.45 ERA while striking out 77 and walking only 22 over the course of his final 73.0 innings pitched in the second half of the 2016 season. Rodon was set to begin the season near the back end of the rotation as recently as last week, again the White Sox claim that that concept was part of their “taking it slow” plan for Rodon.
The former third overall selection in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft is entering his third season with the White Sox, and was anticipating an increased workload as he made his way towards the front-end of the White Sox rotation with Chris Sale departed, and Jose Quintana likely to be traded in the near future.