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Carlos Rodon expected to miss 5-6 weeks for White Sox

Carlos Rodon expected to miss 5-6 weeks for White Sox

Barring any setbacks, the White Sox will be without Carlos Rodon until mid-May.

Rodon is expected to be out five to six weeks, general manager Rick Hahn said on Monday.

The White Sox southpaw is currently seven days into a two-week program where he’s throwing on flat ground. When that ends on April 10, the White Sox will give Rodon a specific program that will involve a rehab assignment at some point, according to Hahn.

Health permitting, the White Sox general manager doesn’t believe it will take the full six weeks. But they are in no rush to bring him back.

“Again, we're going to take our time on this one,” Hahn said. “If there's the least bit of discomfort or any stuff like that, we're going to take a step back and start this thing over. As I told Carlos directly, there's zero reason for us to rush through this."

Rodon wasn’t too thrilled when Hahn told him he’d start the season on the disabled list with a biceps injury, but the smart, and safe, call was made.

"When this first started and he and I had a conversation, and I shared with him 'I expect you to start on the DL' he didn't like the sound of that, even though obviously it was the right decision going forward, and he knew after he was examined it was the right decision going forward,” Hahn said. “And then when he came back from California and I said 'Well, you're being put on the DL on this date and here's the program going forward and we'll reassess on the 10th.

“Whether you miss two or three starts or you miss six or seven, we're going to take whatever time is needed,' he said 'six or seven? It's not going to be six or seven.' He's going to fight us every step of the way, but he knows and his representatives know we're doing what's best for Carlos."

With Rodon absent, the White Sox have a void to fill.

Dylan Covey, who could be the fifth man in the White Sox rotation when that turn comes up, is ready to go if needed. Manager Rick Renteria wasn’t sure if Monday’s rainout meant Covey would be in line to start Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.

Covey, a Rule 5 draft pick in December, has never pitched above the Double-A level. In 12.2 innings this spring training, he allowed 11 earned runs while working under pressure to get the outs he needed to make the White Sox Opening Day roster.

While Covey accomplished one challenging task, he has another one lying ahead of him: stay on the team.

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If Covey doesn’t remain on the White Sox main roster for the entire season, he will be placed on waivers and offered back to Oakland.

“I knew that if I obviously didn’t make the team, I was going back to Oakland and they are kind of backed up in their system right now,” Covey said. “I have no idea where I would have gone if I was sent back there. I knew that I had to make the most of every opportunity I got out here.”

As you can expect, Covey was delighted to see his name on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. Now he’s ready to make the most of his opportunity.

“That was awesome,” Covey said. “Got to call my family and tell them and definitely just a surreal feeling. Especially in my situation, there was so much pressure on me all spring. When they finally told me, I felt the weight was lifted off of my shoulders.

“Everyone in the clubhouse they knew the situation and they were very encouraging. When they found out I made the team, they said that’s awesome. I remember (Todd) Frazier saying that’s hard to do, congratulations. Everyone was really supportive.”

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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