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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.”

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Thyago Vieira

Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.

A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.

In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Vieira in the video above.

How Baseball America envisions the White Sox starting lineup of the future

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How Baseball America envisions the White Sox starting lineup of the future

The White Sox rebuild is going just swimmingly, according to the fine folks at Baseball America.

The publication does its own rankings of each organization's top prospects every offseason, and their top 10 rankings of the players in the White Sox farm system is unexpectedly impressive, what with how general manager Rick Hahn has acquired so much minor league talent over the past year-plus.

But one of the fun things Baseball America also does is project a starting lineup for a few years down the road. That's been a favorite pastime of South Side baseball fans ever since Hahn kicked off the rebuild with those trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton more than a year ago. Now you can see how your fantasy future White Sox lineup matches up with Baseball America's.

They flash forward all the way to 2021, a year past when most White Sox fans have been dreaming about as the apex of the rebuild and when the South Siders start becoming perennial contenders. Notably, Baseball America also expects the White Sox to give long-term deals to Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia — not bad moves by any stretch — who are both currently under team control only through the end of the 2019 season.

Here's how Baseball America sees Rick Renteria's starting nine in 2021:

Of course, Baseball America goes a little more in depth than that, ranking the top 10 prospects in each farm system and laying out their picks for which players have the best tools in each organization.

Here are those respective lists for the White Sox:

Get ready, White Sox fans. The future's coming.