ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The mobility in Carlos Rodon’s sprained left wrist has improved enough for him to play catch on Saturday afternoon.
The White Sox left-hander wants to return in a week, though he’s unsure of his timeline. Rodon’s 15-day disabled list trip is retroactive to July 6, meaning he could be activated on Thursday. But Rodon, who played catch from 60 feet, would probably need at least a few more days than that. The White Sox will add Jacob Turner to the 40-man roster on Sunday and start him in place of Rodon, who went 2-7 with a 4.50 ERA in the first half.
“We have about another week, and I think it should be good to go in another week,” Rodon said. “This last week I made a lot of progress. Two days into vacation, I really couldn’t move it. The past couple of days, now I can move it around a little bit, and it’s feeling better.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said on Friday that Rodon may require a rehab start before he returns. Rodon, who spent his All-Star break resting in the Florida Keys, said he still felt some soreness when he threw at Angel Stadium on Saturday. The left-hander said it affects his throwing “a little bit” and he has to continue to let it heal more.
“You still don’t know where it’s at,” Ventura said. “Playing catch is one thing, letting it loose is going to be a whole other issue. But still pleased with where he’s at and where it’s going. But until he throws like he would in a game that’s when you know.”
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Rodon, who sustained the injury when he tripped in the dugout at home, knows he’s better off than he was last week. At that point, Rodon was simply told to let his left wrist rest. Now he’s a little more hopeful.
“It’s getting there,” Rodon said. “I’m getting the mobility back. I’m getting out, moving around, doing some rehab stuff. Hopefully it gets better quickly.
“As soon as I can. I have no idea. I honestly have no idea how long it will take, but I’m hoping here in the next couple of days.”