Ahead of Thursday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Chicago White Sox reinstated left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon from the injured list.
When meeting with the media on Saturday, White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz alluded to Rodon returning today, and manager Tony La Russa confirmed those plans on Wednesday afternoon. With the club’s announcement today, it’s now official. In a corresponding move, the White Sox optioned infielder Danny Mendick to Triple-A Charlotte.
Rodon landed on the 10-day injured list due to left shoulder fatigue on August 11 (retroactive to August 8). In his last start before going on the shelf, Rodon tossed five scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters against the Chicago Cubs on August 7. The southpaw owns a 9-5 record, 2.38 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 0.957 WHIP, and a 13.1 K/9 rate across 109.2 innings (19 starts) in 2021.
Rodon’s Thursday start will mark the beginning of a workload management plan through the end of the season that Katz previously outlined. The White Sox intend to utilize remaining off-days on the schedule to allow Rodon extra rest between starts and keep his arm fresh as the postseason approaches. The American League Cy Young contender likely won’t extend past five innings today against the Blue Jays, but if his latest outing on extra rest is any indication of what’s to come, then Rodon can still be extremely effective and give the White Sox a chance to win.