Pitching coach Don Cooper confirmed Thursday that Rodon is unlikely to be ready to begin 2018 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in late September. The timetable for his recovery from surgery was estimated at 6-to-8 months. Expect the team to exercise extreme caution throughout the rehab process.
Rodon (shoulder) is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, according to pitching coach Don Cooper, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
Rodon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in late September, which has kept his status in limbo for the start of this upcoming campaign. According to Cooper, the team will know more regarding his availability during the club's annual "SoxFest" toward the end of this month, and a more concrete timetable should come into focus by the start of spring training. Initially, it was expected that Rodon would miss 6-to-8 months, which has always placed the beginning of the 2018 season in jeopardy. Due to previous injuries and the nature of this ailment, the club will likely take it easy with Rodon, so don't expect the southpaw to be back in action until both parties are confident in his form.
General manager Rick Hahn said Rodon (shoulder) remains without a timetable for his return, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hahn noted he's received encouraging reports regarding Rodon's rehab, though he wouldn't speculate on the southpaw's status for Opening Day. Things should clear up closer to spring training. The White Sox figure to play it safe with Rodon, as the 25-year-old made just 12 starts last season due to injuries. He posted a 4.15 ERA but flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff, fanning 76 batters in 69.1 innings.
Rodon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday, and is expected to miss 6-to-8 months while recovering from the injury, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Although significant bursitis was found, this was a relatively good outcome for Rodon, as both the biceps and labrum didn't need any repair. Looking ahead to next season, the club stated that he could be ready for action as soon as Opening Day, or as late as June 1. It will likely be closer to the latter, but a better sense of a timetable should become present as we approach the start of the 2018 season.
The southpaw was shut down for the season earlier in September and has not thrown since. Rodon's offseason recovery will determine how aggressively fantasy players should pursue him in 2018 drafts, though we're seemingly a long way from finding out the specifics about his timetable.
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