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Carlos Rodon: 'Should be good to go in another week'

Carlos Rodon: 'Should be good to go in another week'

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.”

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox


Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast