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White Sox: Carlos Rodon OK with Robin Ventura's call for bullpen

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White Sox: Carlos Rodon OK with Robin Ventura's call for bullpen

Carlos Rodon needed only one more out on Wednesday afternoon to qualify for the victory.

But with the White Sox in need of a win and the rookie not entirely on the mark, White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to call for the bullpen. Rodon, who allowed six hits and four earned runs with two walks in 4 2/3 innings, slowly walked off the mound and headed for the clubhouse. The White Sox bullpen couldn’t hold the lead though they ultimately defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

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If Rodon bore any resentment afterward it was nowhere to be found in his postgame media session.

“It’s a decision that the manager has to make, and you go with that and what’s best for the team,” Rodon said. “I totally understand the circumstances and the outcome, and I agree with it. That’s all you can do.”

Rodon appeared to be doing all he could to hang on after his team spotted him five runs in the first inning. He allowed a pair of runs in the third inning on three consecutive two-out hits. The left-hander followed that with a nine-pitch frame in the fourth but wasn’t as lucky in the fifth. He hit Brandon Guyer and induced a double play before Evan Longoria homered to deep center to make it a 5-3 game. Rodon’s day ended after he walked Logan Forsythe as Matt Albers took over. Albers also had thrown earlier in the game when Rodon loaded the bases with one out in the second inning.

“He was getting a little erratic,” Ventura said. “I think that’s part of him going through walking a guy, getting behind in counts and things like that. Once we get that lead, you want to see a guy attacking the zone. Today just wasn’t quite that, so we felt it was best to start using up the bullpen.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.