Rodon was pushed back from starting Thursday due to back and hamstring tightness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old is now scheduled to start Saturday, so the back and hamstring issues don't appear to be serious concerns. Rodon doesn't appear to be in danger of missing a start, but it's worth keeping an eye on his status over the next couple days.
Rodon's next start has been moved from Thursday against the Twins to Saturday against the Royals, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Lance Lynn will start Thursday in place of Rodon, whom manager Tony La Russa said was battling some hamstring tightness of late, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com. The hamstring issue isn't serious enough to send Rodon to the 10-day injured list, so he'll just be getting some extra maintenance between starts. Rodon struck out eight batters over six scoreless innings in his most recent start May 7, which was also against Kansas City.
Rodon (5-0) allowed five hits over six scoreless innings Friday, striking out eight and earning a win over the Royals.
Rodon continued his incredible start to the 2021 campaign by sprinkling five harmless singles across six frames Friday. He's now earned a win in each of his five starts this season and hasn't allowed more than one earned run in any appearance. The 28-year-old southpaw sports a 0.58 ERA and 44:9 K:BB through 31 innings. Rodon is projected to face the Twins at home next week.
Rodon will open the series against the Royals on Friday, Jared Wyllys of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Rodon's turn in the rotation came due Wednesday against the Reds, but the White Sox opted to push him back a couple of days, so that Dallas Keuchel could pitch on normal rest. Rodon has won all four of his starts thus far while sporting a sterling 0.72 ERA and 0.64 WHIP.
Rodon (4-0) picked up the win Thursday after holding the Tigers to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 12 across six innings.
Coming off eight days of rest between starts, Rodon was lights out Thursday, setting a new career high in strikeouts as he remained undefeated. Aside from an RBI double by Jonathan Schoop in the fourth inning, Rodon managed to limit Detroit's damage while showing strong command of the strike zone. The 28-year-old walked only one batter, a major improvement from his last outing when he issued five free passes at Cleveland. Overall, it's been an incredibly strong opening to the campaign for Rodon, who has only allowed two runs across his four starts. He'll look to keep the momentum rolling next week at Cincinnati.
Rodon won't pitch Wednesday against the Tigers since the game was postponed due to inclement weather.
The contest will be made up via a straight doubleheader Thursday. According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Rodon will start the matinee with Dylan Cease on the mound for the nightcap.
Rodon (3-0) earned the win Tuesday at Cleveland after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with eight strikeouts and five walks over five innings.
The 28-year-old followed up his no-hitter with another effective performance Tuesday, though the walks led to an elevated pitch count and prevented him from pitching deeper into the contest. The runs were the first Rodon has surrendered this season, and he now has a 0.47 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 24:8 K:BB through three starts (19 innings). He lines up to face the Tigers at home next Tuesday.
Rodon (2-0) no-hit Cleveland on Wednesday, allowing only a hit batsman while striking out seven.
Rodon wasn't even originally scheduled to start Wednesday -- he had his Monday start pushed back due to a stomach illness. The delay certainly proved to work in the left-hander's favor as he hurled his first career no-hitter and the 20th in franchise history. Rodon came achingly close to a perfect game, but he plunked Roberto Perez on the back foot on an 0-2 pitch with one out in the ninth. The mistake didn't throw Rodon off his mission, however, as he subsequently struck out Yu Chang before inducing a Jordan Luplow groundout to secure the historic feat. Rodon has now started the campaign with 14 scoreless innings and has allowed only two hits while posting a 16:3 K:BB. His next start will be at Boston on Monday.
Rodon (upset stomach) will start Wednesday against Cleveland, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Assuming there are no setbacks in Rodon's recovery from an upset stomach that led to his scheduled start Monday being pushed back, he will face Cleveland with a couple extra days of rest. Lance Lynn will follow him Thursday.
Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start Monday against Cleveland due to an upset stomach, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rodon looked quite good in his first outing of the year, striking out nine in five scoreless innings against the Mariners. He'll have to wait at least a few more days to follow that up. The White Sox have yet to announce when he'll next take the mound. Dallas Keuchel starts in his place Monday.
Rodon (1-0) picked up the win Monday, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out nine over five scoreless innings against the Mariners.
Rodon followed up an encouraging spring -- during which he won the No. 5 starter job over Reynaldo Lopez -- with a dominant start to the regular season. It was the first win since April 19, 2019 for Rodon, who has battled back from elbow and shoulder surgeries. The left-hander pitched out of a couple of jams; most notably, he walked the bases loaded in the fourth inning, then struck out the side. Rodon recorded 19 swinging strikes and topped out at 98.4 mph. He's scheduled to make his next start Sunday at home against Kansas City.
Rodon allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six over 4.2 innings in Friday's spring game against Milwaukee.
Rodon allowed a first-inning solo home run, his first run allowed during Cactus League play, then was charged with another after leaving the game. He finishes up the spring with two runs allowed on nine hits and one walk while striking out 16 over 13.2 innings. The left-hander will serve as Chicago's fifth starter.
Rodon will open the season as the White Sox's fifth starter after the team sent Reynaldo Lopez to the alternate camp Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
This should be no surprise to those who have looked at the spring numbers. Rodon outpitched Lopez, who had a 9.00 ERA and 1.82 WHIP over four outings and 11 innings. For his part, Rodon has tossed nine scoreless innings this spring, allowing just four hits without a walk while striking out 10.
Rodon allowed one hit and struck out five over four scoreless innings in Sunday's spring game against Arizona.
Rodon continued his bid for a spot in the rotation and has thrown nine scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and zero walks. The left-hander threw 49 pitches Sunday, more than half of which were is four-seam fastball along with his slider and changeup. He told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that commanding his fastball makes his entire arsenal better. The White Sox kick off the season with eight straight games, so they will need a fifth starter immediately. Rodon has two more spring starts to push his pitch count and be ready for the first turn of the rotation in the regular season.
Rodon allowed one hit and struck out four over three scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring start against the Padres.
Rodon, who has worked fewer than 70 innings in three of the last four seasons due to injury, is making a bid for a back-end rotation spot. The left-hander has thrown five scoreless innings in Cactus League play without a walk. He made adjustments to his core with the help of pitching coach Ethan Katz and feels it's easier to command his four-seamer with additional spin, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Rodon's main competition for the final rotation slot is Reynaldo Lopez, who followed him Tuesday and allowed two runs, four hits and one walk over three innings.
Rodon allowed two hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings in Thursday's spring game against the Reds.
Rodon made his Cactus League debut as a reliever for starter Rodrigo Lopez. The two are competing for the final spot in the rotation, and Thursday's outcomes favored Rodon. Lopez was hit hard during his three innings, and he believes he may have been tipping his pitches, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Whichever pitcher doesn't make the rotation is expected to be part of the bullpen.
Rodon threw three innings of live batting practice Saturday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Rodon, who was re-signed by the White Sox after the left-hander battled elbow and shoulder injuries the last two seasons, is projected to be Chicago's fifth starter but has not yet appeared in Cactus League competition. Saturday's batting-practice session came on the same day that Reynaldo Lopez, who is being stretched out and has starting experience, pitched two perfect innings as a starter against the Indians. If Rodon falters this spring or during the regular season, Lopez is on hand to take on a spot in the rotation.
Rodon has a clearer path to the No. 5 starter job than expected, after the White Sox announced Friday that Michael Kopech would open the year in the bullpen, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Kopech was the obvious choice for the role on talent alone, but he's missed two full seasons due to Tommy John surgery and an opt out. The White Sox will manage his innings to start the year, opening up a rotation spot for someone else. Rodon hasn't been officially named the winner of the job, but he's the obvious candidate when the alternatives are players like Reynaldo Lopez and Jonathan Stiever. Rodon recorded a 4.01 ERA over his first four big-league seasons but has to prove he's healthy and effective this spring after struggling to a 5.74 ERA in 42.1 innings over the last two campaigns while missing most of both years due to Tommy John surgery.
White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz is working with Rodon to overhaul the pitcher's lower half, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Katz believes Rodon's quad-oriented delivery led to the left-hander throwing across his body, which the coach believes does not promote good arm health. "He's starting to understand how his lower half is supposed to move more efficiently. And it's just going to take time. When you've done something for a long time, it's hard to get out of that, but over time, we hope we can tap into things that he hasn't been able to do," said Katz. Rodon battled shoulder issues last season, making two starts and two relief appearances. His command was not consistent, and he allowed seven earned runs in 7.2 innings. Still, the White Sox were pleased to see that his four-seamer averaged mid-90s (touched 98 MPH), and he still possesses a nasty slider. If he adjusts to the new mechanics, Rodon could emerge as the team's fifth starter in 2021.
Rodon signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the White Sox on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Rodon will return to the White Sox after being non-tendered by the team in early December. The southpaw has battled injuries over the past two seasons and only made 11 appearances (nine starts) as a result. During that time, Rodon posted a 5.74 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 42.1 innings. He should compete for a back-end rotation spot once again heading into 2021.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/07||@ KC||W 3-0||1||6.0||5||0||0||8|
|04/29||vs DET||W 3-1||1||6.0||2||1||1||12|
|04/20||@ CLE||W 8-5||1||5.0||3||1||5||8|
|04/14||vs CLE||W 8-0||1||9.0||0||0||0||7|
|04/05||@ SEA||W 6-0||1||5.0||2||0||3||9|
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|2014||R-Azl White Sox||3.0||2||1||0||0||0||0||5||0||4||6.00||1.333|