Scott Carroll is back in Chicago and could be an option when the White Sox need a spot starter to take a suspended Chris Sale and/or Jeff Samardzija’s turn in the rotation. But Carroll’s presence — his contract was purchased and he was promoted Sunday to replace the injured Matt Albers — doesn’t mean Carlos Rodon has been ruled out of making his first major league start in the coming weeks.
Manager Robin Ventura said both Carroll and Rodon will be considered when the appeals process for Sale and Samardzija comes to a conclusion and it’s determined if their respective five-game suspensions will be upheld and when those will start. Both pitchers are scheduled to make their next starts, with Hector Noesi starting Monday, Samardzija Tuesday and Sale Wednesday in Baltimore.
“It's a possibility (Rodon) gets a start in there for one of these guys,” Ventura said. “With yesterday being the way it was, guys got a little bit of rest, but he definitely becomes in the equation of getting a start out of one of these.”
Rodon has appeared in one game since he was promoted to the majors a week ago, as the left-hander relieved Noesi Tuesday night against Cleveland. The 2014 No. 3 overall pick said he’s confident in his ability to swing between the bullpen and rotation if need be — he threw 60 pitches in relief against the Indians and 87 in each of his two Triple-A starts prior to his promotion.
“If I have to make a start I’ll make a start whenever that is,” Rodon said. “I’ll find out if that happens.”
To make room for Carroll on the 40-man roster, the White Sox designated left-hander Eric Surkamp for assignment on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Carroll was promoted to the White Sox right around this time last year — he made his MLB debut April 27, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay — and said he feels confident in his second go-around with the club. He was designated for assignment in the winter but re-signed as a minor league free agent in large part due to the familiarity he has with the organization.
Carroll, too, is a native of Liberty, Mo., a suburb northeast of Kansas City. So while he wasn’t here for Thursday night’s brawl, he heard plenty from his friends back home about it — and, because of it, now has another shot in the big leagues.
“I’m hearing from all of my K.C. people what’s going on, like ‘Hey what are your boys doing to our boys,’ “ Carroll said. “It’s interesting but I see it from the outside just as much, on my phone when I was in Norfolk (with Triple-A Charlotte). It’s kind of crazy the way things turned out. But I’m just excited for my opportunity and I want to help the team as much as I can.”