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Shoulder stiffness minutes before start leads to frustrating turn for Carlos Rodon

Shoulder stiffness minutes before start leads to frustrating turn for Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon didn’t need very long on Thursday night to know the way he felt wasn’t right.

The White Sox pitcher is headed for the examination room and an MRI on Friday morning after he was scratched with left shoulder stiffness 25 minutes before first pitch of an 11-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Rodon -- who missed three months earlier this season with bursitis in his left biceps -- had just begun his pregame warmup Thursday when he informed the White Sox he didn’t feel right. It’s a frustrating turn for Rodon, who had pitched and felt good since he returned from the disabled list at the end of June.

“Just starting to play catch, knew right then,” Rodon said. “Yeah, I felt really good. That’s what I’m saying, it’s like a rollercoaster going on right now. It felt really good and it just spurts up on us.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was caught off-guard by the news as was veteran Mike Pelfrey, who learned 20 minutes before the game he would start. Pelfrey, who threw 45 pitches on Tuesday, lasted four innings. Renteria said he didn’t want to force Rodon into action after what he’s experienced.

“Just thought instead of pushing him, use caution and take him out,” Renteria said. “He's made his last few starts. So this was a surprise obviously, to everybody.”

Rodon said the decision to shut down Thursday was a precautionary measure after he felt tightness in his shoulder. The left-hander had shown no signs of trouble since he returned to the mound a little over two months ago after a frustrating three-month rehab full of ups and downs.

Rodon had gone 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings for the White Sox this season. He also had made his starts, 12 in all, without a hitch.

But prior to his return, Rodon’s buildup process fluctuated after he was sidelined in late March following his only spring training start. Rodon had an MRI and multiple opinions after the spring training episode, which kept him from throwing off a mound until early May. Even then, Rodon’s progress wasn’t linear and took longer than he expected.  

“I can’t really put a finger on it,” Rodon said. “Just a day you just don’t feel right and you know you don’t want to be -- you don’t want to compete when you’re not at your best, you know.”

“It’s tough. It’s frustrating. Things happen. You just move on from this.”

“It’s been up and down. Had some good starts. Now we’re fumbling it.

“I’ll see how it goes tomorrow and go from there.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.