Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa gives a concerning update about the health of pitcher Carlos Rodon.
Rodon started yesterday’s game and labored through three innings. La Russa also told media that it was Rodon who came in after the third inning and said he ‘wasn’t right, so the team decided to pull him.
Carlos Rodon is having a career year
Carlos Rodon is having his best season as a professional. The 28-year old pitcher was voted to his first All-Star Game this season. He started 23 games for the White Sox, pitching 127.2 innings with a 2.47 ERA. Rodon also threw a no-hitter in April. Prior to his stint on the injured list, he was among the leading candidates for the Cy Young Award, along with teammate, Lancy Lynn.
Carlos Rodon injury history
This success comes after a very rocky start to his career. Rodon was non-tendered by the White Sox in December of 2020 before returning on a one-year deal he signed in January.
Prior to being non-tendered, Rodon struggled to stay on the mound for the White Sox, having shoulder surgery in 2017 and Tommy John surgery in 2019.
As Rodon began consistently pitching at an all-star level this season, it seemed as if the injury woes were behind him and he was finally showcasing the talent that made him a third overall pick.
Rodon was placed on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 11 with what the team called shoulder soreness. Since being reactivated, he started three games before the one last night.
Chicago White Sox playoff run
This development causes a lot of concern for the Chicago White Sox team and fans. The team, who is likely to clinch the division this week is gearing up to make a big playoff run. After building a huge division lead, they have been doing their best to try and get everyone to October healthy.
Rodon, if healthy, would likely be the ace of the White Sox playoff rotation. If he is not ready to go come playoff time, that would be a huge blow to the South Siders.
The White Sox have dealt with a number of major injuries throughout the year and have still found ways to win. Although they have that experience they’ll hope their all-star pitcher is ready for October baseball.