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White Sox: Carlos Rodon slips on dugout steps, lands on 15-day disabled list

White Sox: Carlos Rodon slips on dugout steps, lands on 15-day disabled list

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.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list