White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon said he slipped coming up the third base dugout steps at U.S. Cellular Field for the national anthem prior to Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, caught himself with his left hand and sprained his left wrist. The 23-year-old starting pitcher, who will have to wear a brace on his left wrist for seven to 10 days, was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 6) on Saturday.
“I was coming out of the dugout and I slipped on to the field and tried to catch myself,” Rodon said. “I’m not going to lie, I was a little embarrassed. I was like, ‘I hope no one saw that.’ I got out there and was like just laughing when the anthem was going on. I came back in and sat down and I was like, ‘uhh, alright, this kind of hurts a little bit.’”
Rodon only hopes to miss one start — he said he was scheduled to pitch in the White Sox second series after the All-Star break against the Seattle Mariners — and, if all goes well, the 2014 No. 3 overall pick wants to come off the disabled list for a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers July 21-24.
“It’s unfortunate,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Hopefully it’s not going to be anything that lingers past this two weeks. It’s something you deal with it and somebody else is going to have to fill his spot when we start back up after the break.”
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The White Sox called up right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle to take Rodon’s place on the 25-man roster Saturday, but will have to bring up a starter from the minor leagues to make at least one start. With the team’s 40-man roster full, Rodon’s replacement likely would come from that group. Right-handers Scott Carroll (5.27 ERA in 56 1/3 innings with Triple-A Charlotte), Anthony Ranaudo (3.27 ERA in 77 innings between time with Triple-A Round Rock and Triple-A Charlotte) and Tyler Danish (5.50 ERA in 86 2/3 innings between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte) all could be options.
Rodon won’t be able to throw a baseball until he gets his brace off. While he and the White Sox hope he’ll only miss a single start, there’s no guarantee that’ll be the case given he’ll have to throw in some capacity before coming off the disabled list.
“You are not going to come in after two weeks (off),” Ventura said. “I don’t know when he’s going to start back up actually throwing. I know for at least for a week he’s not going to be throwing a baseball. After that, you figure it out how he’s going to ramp it back up to be able to go back out there.
“Most guys are going to throw over the break. You have something that keeps them going. With Carlos, we’ll have to wait and see how it feels.”
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Rodon, who underwent an X-Ray Friday that revealed his sprained wrist, has a 4.50 ERA with 91 strikeouts, 32 walks and 15 home runs allowed in 16 starts covering 92 innings this season. The home runs have been a big problem — he only allowed 11 in 139 1/3 innings as a rookie last season.
Perhaps Rodon can use his time off to mentally regroup a bit, but that’s not what the 23-year-old wants at this point.
“I didn’t really want a mental break,” Rodon said. “I wanted to come back and start when I had to.”