In just the latest edition of a mounting rash of injuries sustained by pitchers across Major League Baseball, Chicago White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon saw his second start of the season cut short on Monday night with what the team has labeled “left shoulder soreness.”
Rodon, who will turn 28 this winter, is no stranger to the injured list. Monday night’s start was just his second since returning from Tommy John surgery that wiped out most of his 2019 campaign, and the former third overall selection has made more than 20 starts just twice (2016-17) in his major league career which began in April of 2015.
After a noticeable dip in fastball velocity (max of 92.2 MPH in the first inning, down to 85 MPH in the second inning) Rodon’s night was ended after just 26 pitches, 22 of which he located for strikes.
“Once he came in, he just said he was feeling a little something in his neck and the ball wasn’t coming out of his hand right, which is what we could see,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said.
During his first outing against the Cleveland Indians last week, Rodon was sitting mostly 92-92 MPH on his four-seamer. The club announced during the game that Rodon will be re-evaluated today. Before leaving the game, Rodon surrendered a run in the opening inning after back-to-back two-out doubles by Christian Yelich and Avisail Garcia.
Old friend Avisail Garcia — who’s absolutely thrashed the Sox to the tune of 1.100 OPS — struck again in the fifth inning when he plated Ben Gamel and Orlando Arcia on a two-run single to left field to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The Brewers would add another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Ben Gamel, pushing their lead to 4-2.
But, as the White Sox have shown over the last few days, they’re prepared to score runs late in ballgames, and they did just that on Monday night. Down to their final seven outs, Jose Abreu rocked a 421-foot home run off Corbin Burnes, scoring Yoan Moncada and evening the game up at four-a-piece. A run-scoring wild pitch and a beautiful Moncada solo-shot would be all the Sox needed after that to secure a come from behind victory, their fifth consecutive.
Maybe more impressive than the late-inning offense that we’re becoming accustomed to, was another stellar performance by the bullpen, particularly in the late innings. Matt Foster threw a pair of hitless innings in relief of the injured Rodon, and Ross Detwiler, Evan Marshall, and Alex Colome combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball to nail it down. Jace Fry (11.25 ERA) and Steve Cishek (6.75 ERA) weren’t particularly impressive in between foster and the aforementioned trio, and they haven’t been to date this season.
The White Sox (6-4) are now second in the American League Central, and third in total wins in the American League, with Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel taking the ball the next two days against the Brewers. The White Sox are in a great position to win their second consecutive series before a weekend tilt with Cleveland at Guaranteed Rate Field, but Rodon’s injury — depending on the results of today’s evaluation — could overshadow a pretty great week of White Sox baseball.
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