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Miguel Gonzalez starts Thursday as White Sox skip sore Carlos Rodon

Miguel Gonzalez starts Thursday as White Sox skip sore Carlos Rodon

His next start will be pushed back for his own good and Carlos Rodon apparently didn’t take the news very well.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn said Rodon experienced neck soreness after his start in Detroit on Friday. Some of the soreness extended into Rodon’s biceps, which prompted an MRI and a series of tests and treatment. Even though the results are clean and Rodon wants to make his next turn on Thursday, the White Sox want to be cautious with their young left-hander.

Miguel Gonzalez will take Rodon’s place in the rotation for the next turn.

“He didn’t like that,” Ventura said. “He’s a tough kid. He doesn’t like missing starts or anything like that. But this is in his best interest, being able to take care of him. It was going to happen somewhat to be able to take care of him, similar to what we did with Chris (Sale) when he first got up. You know it’s going to happen. The concerns he had the other day, you check it out and make sure he’s OK.”

The timing probably couldn’t be any better for the White Sox to handle a skipped turn for Rodon. They added James Shields to the roster on Tuesday and will start him on Wednesday. Gonzalez, who pitched out of the bullpen on Sunday, originally was scheduled to pitch Wednesday before the Saturday trade for Shields.

Rodon is 2-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts this season. While he sounds confident that Rodon’s absence will be brief, Hahn wants to take minimal chances.

“Everything looks pretty clean,” Hahn said. “Nothing in terms of long-term concern, but we're going to err on the side of caution, especially given the fact that we now have James in the rotation. So Gonzo will make that start on Thursday and we'll assess the next couple of days with Carlos, who is going to slide back. Carlos is not real happy about the decision. He feels he's good to go. But as we preached for a long time around here, you saw with Chris Sale on a few occasions over the course of his early parts of his career, we're going to err on the side of caution and push Carlos back.”

Rodon was scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Tuesday. He instead is receiving treatment and will resume light throwing soon, Hahn said. Hahn said the issue arose Sunday and Rodon went through a series of tests Monday.

“We think this is a temporary thing and this is more coming from the guys not in uniform slowing him down than from Carlos,” Hahn said. 

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