The White Sox are awaiting a second opinion on the status of Carlos Rodon. The first opinion recommended Tommy John surgery. I’m no fortune-teller, but I have consumed enough baseball media in my life to tell you that Carlos Rodon is going to be on the shelf for a long time. Even if the second opinion turns out to be “shut him down for an extended period of time,” I would put money on him needing Tommy John surgery, but just kicked down the road aways. The White Sox are great at kicking matters of importance down the road.
As for what a differing second opinion could entail, let’s explore another White Sox arm that was in a similar position. Dane Dunning was shut down for the season last June after experiencing elbow discomfort that forced him to leave a start for AA Birmingham. They went the “rest” route until spring training. Let me present to you a short timeline of how these things play out.
February 28th, 2019:
March 18th, 2019:
Just as I had suspected. Now I understand that every player is different, but the discomfort described in relation to Rodon has the writing on the wall for Tommy John. Feeling down enough already? Dunning joined the Sox broadcast over the weekend and said he should be full-go by June/July of 2020. If I were you, I would prepare for a Carlos Rodon-less White Sox for the rest of this season and all of next year as well.
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