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Carlos Rodon's 2017 season is over as he heads to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation

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Carlos Rodon's 2017 season is over as he heads to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation

Carlos Rodon has thrown his last pitch in 2017.

The White Sox announced after the start of Friday night’s game that their young starting pitcher will go on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation and that he won’t play again this season. This a night after Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians. He had an MRI on Friday.

It’s Rodon’s second trip to the DL this season. He missed the first three months of the regular season with bursitis in his left biceps.

While Rodon figures to factor heavily into the team’s future plans in the midst of this rebuild, it’s a tough sign to see him battle another injury. With the injury coming in the final month of a last-place season, shutting him down makes tons of sense regardless of how significant the injury actually is. Though there will also be some mystery as to how long it might have put him on the shelf had it come earlier in the season.

Though he didn’t know what was wrong with Rodon before Friday’s game, manager Rick Renteria said the team will be cautious with the 23-year-old regardless of the severity of the injury.

“Absolutely. I think we will, with Carlos, just like any of our guys when we’re concerned about or have any questions about any of them, we will always deal with them with an abundance of caution,” Renteria said. “He’s no different. We’ll see how it unfolds, and we’ll proceed accordingly.”

Rodon, who the White Sox took with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, pitched well after his first handful of starts back from his season-opening stay on the disabled list. After posting a 6.29 ERA in his first five starts, he’s turned in a 3.00 ERA in his last seven outings, with 45 strikeouts in 45 innings.

What impact this injury will have, if any, on Rodon’s readiness for the 2018 season is unknown at this point. Rodon is expected to be a significant part of the team's future rotation, one that already includes prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Michael Kopech is the top pitching prospect in baseball and could be a factor in next year's rotation, as well.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.