The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Carlos Rodon on the 15-day disabled list on July 9 because of a wrist injury. However, he is ready to return.
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Rodon Active vs. Twins
Sunday, July 31
The White Sox announced Rodon was reinstated to the active roster and would take the mound against Minnesota on Sunday.
Rodon Comments on Recovery
Tuesday, July 19
Rodon played catch on Tuesday and told reporters he felt encouraged by his progress.
"It's a good sign, throwing and not hurting," Rodon said.
On July 9, Jeff Arnold of the Chicago Sun-Times passed along information about the ailment from Rodon. He stated the injury occurred on July 8, when he braced himself after he slipped on the dugout steps.
JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago reported the starter only expects to miss one turn in the rotation thanks to the timing of the All-Star break. He initially didn't think anything of the injury until returning to the clubhouse after the fall.
"I came back in and sat down, and I was like, 'uhh, all right, this kind of hurts a little bit,'" Rodon said.
Rodon Hoping to Bounce Back After Return
The accident brings an end to a mostly disappointing first half for the 23-year-old lefty. He went 2-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.53 WHIP across 16 starts. He told Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago on July 7 he was hoping to turn things around after the break, but that goal will now be briefly delayed:
It hasn't been what I wanted, that's for sure. Frustrating, especially when you have a good team like this. You want to be able to win for them. You want to be a part of their winning. You got guys like (Chris) Sale and (Jose) Quintana shoving it ... and pitching well. It's tough to sit there and watch your start when you're not doing what you're doing.
His peripheral numbers suggest there's reason for optimism once he gets healthy. The .349 batting average on balls in play points toward some bad luck, a thought backed up by his 4.12 xFIP and 4.11 SIERA, per FanGraphs.
Rodon has also struck out 91 batters in 92 innings, the type of rate a team likes to see from a pitcher who should eventually become a key cog in the rotation. The biggest factor in reaching that status is improving his command to cut down on his walk total.