Rodon (biceps) has been confirmed as the starter for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Rodon has been out since spring training due to injury, but his 2017 season debut is finally in the headlights. However, his minor-league rehab starts haven't been the most encouraging -- 14 earned runs over 13.2 innings -- so the southpaw certainly carries plenty of risk in fantasy until he proves he's back on track. Wednesday's outing should help us get a clearer read on Rodon's readiness, though the team may limit his pitch count in his initial starts.
Rodon (biceps) has returned to Chicago and will be in line to pitch this week, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. Rodon apparently will make his first start of the season during Wednesday's contest with the Yankees after recovering from biceps bursitis. Although there was no structural damage to his arm, the southpaw needed a couple months to work his way back, including four outings in the minors over the month of June. Rodon has struggled during his rehab outings, but the White Sox are confident that he's just a little rusty and should be ready to face major-league hitting while working on a pitch count for the time being.
Rodon (biceps) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over 4.1 innings in a rehabilitation start at Triple-A Charlotte. Rodon was victimized by some poor defense during a seven-run fourth inning, but showed encouraging signs over the first three innings. He struck out six of eight batters during one stretch before things turned ugly in the fourth. While it was a fourth straight unimpressive rehab start for Rodon, he reached 91 pitches Friday and is at a point where he could make his next start for the White Sox. If Rodon is activated off the disabled list, his schedule lines up to pitch Wednesday at home against the Yankees.
Rodon (biceps) will make another rehab start Friday for Triple-A Durham. This could be Rodon's final tuneup before being activated off the disabled list to make his season debut for the White Sox. Although Rodon has not pitched particularly well through his first three rehab outings, sporting a 5.40 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP, he did manage to stretch out to 5.0 innings in his most recent start. Even if Rodon takes a few starts to truly regain his form with the White Sox, his return will be a boon to a rotation that currently sports the seventh-worst staff ERA (4.85) in the majors.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he expects Rodon (biceps) to make another rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte this week before coming off the disabled list, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. When Rodon first kicked off the rehab assignment June 6, it was widely expected that the lefty would need four starts in the minors to build up his pitch count, so a return near the end of the month doesn't come as a surprise. Rodon hasn't looked particularly sharp during his three starts with a 6.75 ERA and 10:7 K:BB over 11 innings, but if he's able to mix in all his pitches effectively during his upcoming outing, the White Sox would see content to green light his return. Assuming Rodon remains on a normal schedule of four days' rest between starts, he could rejoin the White Sox as soon as June 27 against the Yankees.
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