8:33pm: Rodon experienced shoulder soreness, the team announced. He also reported pain in the neck area, James Fegan of The Athletic tweets.
8:16pm: White Sox starter Carlos Rodon left his start today after just two innings. The lefty’s fastball velocity dropped precipitously in his second frame, as MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy observes on Twitter.
It’s too soon to tell what caused the velo drop, but the South Siders obviously were concerned enough to give a quick hook after just 26 pitches. Rodon allowed three hits and one earned run before departing.
Rodon, 27, already turned in one rough outing to open the season. He had been hoping for a full campaign after missing significant time due to Tommy John surgery. Rodon can be controlled through arbitration for one more season after the 2020 campaign.
That TJ procedure and an earlier shoulder surgery provide a worrisome backdrop to the developments this evening. There are obviously quite a few other potential explanations for a sudden loss of arm speed, but that recent history suggests some added cause for concern.
not enough time for the pitchers to get ready for the season. manfraud deserves to go to walk on burning lava bare feet!
Old person alert
Age discrimination alert, ass hole
You blame Manfred but conveniently forget the legions of fans that wanted the season started ASAP with as little training camp as possible. I agree it was a mistake. Because the entire season was a mistake.
players wanted to start a training camp and then the season as soon as possible. manfred wanted to pay players as little as possible so he delayed the negotiation with dirty tricks. so he started the season at the upswing of virus infections. you people simply refuse to see the facts as they are!
Vizionaire, players wanted GUARANTEED salaries, regardless of whether the season was completed or not. They got 100% prorated salaries. The owners wanted less games.
The season isn’t a mistake. We’ve learned that the virus isn’t likely to spread between players on the field from the marlins and phillies. The mistake was not playing out the season in a bubble…and that’s on the players and their union
If a season needs to be played in a bubble, than it is a mistake.
The season doesn’t need to be played in a bubble, but it would’ve been the smart choice. And no, that doesn’t make it a mistake.
Rodon has a glass arm. Just off of TJ, has missed pretty much three seasons due to arm troubles.
Or really that Rodon is just constantly hurt and is a huge bust.
Lovely. The guy just can’t stay healthy.
Set the fork in him, he’s done
What part of him do we need to set the fork in?
He should have been moved to the bullpen years ago, and another example of a pitcher struggling with WS after TJS.
There was no reason to even bring him back this year.
No reason, except the fact that he was medically cleared and wanted to play. Other than that, no reason.
So were Zach Burdi, Jimmy Lambert and Micker Adolfo.
Some pitchers prepared to pitch during the quarantine and others look like they did not.
Rodon is the exhibit A of the “there’s no such thing as a pitching prospect” argument.
I think of him as the Greg Oden of baseball. He has talent – on the rare occasions he’s healthy, he can put up good numbers – but we’ll never see how much because we’ll never get a healthy season out of him.
Your comment is apt, hyrax…. I put Rodon in the same category as Kopech: talented but injured, unreliable, and undependable. Time to move on. If the Sox ever get another good inning from either of them, that will be great—but don’t count on it. Time to rebuild the rotation with other arms. I wish both of them well.
I think it’s too early to give up on Kopech. One of the injuries was him being stupid and punching something, IIRC. The other was TJS, so you never know for sure, but he hasn’t actually pitched since then. Supposedly, he was looking good before that, so I still have hope.
Feel like his days are numbered in Chicago
Just demote him full time to the bullpen or cut ties. This guy is made of glass.
Should have bee. Moved to pen two seasons ago.
Between his fastball and slider, he could have been a weapon out of pen. Lack of foresight and imagination.
Man I had him winning the CY Young this year
“Pain in the neck” heh heh
I think he is ready for the glue factory
enter Clayton Richard
Who remembers when Rodon was supposed to be a future ace? .. some years later and his ERA has gone up every year and he has never won 10 games