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White Sox continue to resist instinct to rush Carlos Rodon's unpredictable rehab

White Sox continue to resist instinct to rush Carlos Rodon's unpredictable rehab

NEW YORK — The White Sox continue to resist the instinct to rush Carlos Rodon's unpredictable rehab. 

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday afternoon that Rodon — who went 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA last season — has made more progress from soreness in his left bicep, but not enough to throw off the mound. Until Rodon reaches that point, the White Sox can't predict with certainty when he could make a rehab start or when he might return to the major leagues. As trying as it may to be, the White Sox don't want to take any chances with the health of their talented young pitcher. 

"We want to make sure he's pain free before you take any additional steps," Hahn said. "The progress is there. When you start in on these things, you can't really predict how long it's going to be until a guy feels normal. But he does feel better as this unfolds and continues to progress.

"We are responding to symptoms and how he feels and the key is he feels good and he's making progress."

Rodon is now 22 days into his throwing program. About a week in, the hope was that Rodon would continue to make enough progress to where he was throwing off the mound sometime last week. But for now Rodon continues to play catch in extended spring training at the team's facility in Glendale, Ariz.

Rodon's soreness began late last month four days after he made his first Cactus League start. Initially he felt good enough to ask if he the club would consider moving up his first regular season start. Then the soreness hit and Rodon underwent a physical examination, had an MRI taken and received a second opinion.

Each test determined that Rodon has no structural damage, which Hahn identified as the key for not being overly concerned.

"As I've said from the start, we are going to take as much time as this needs to do it the right way," Hahn said. "There's no urgency to rush him back or force the issue at all. Obviously you would prefer things to move along as quickly as possible, but we are going to resist any instinct to be impatient and respond to how he's doing each step of the way."

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Also on the injury front:

— Catcher Geovany Soto (sore elbow) threw on Monday and was "asymptomatic," according to Hahn. 

— Center fielder Charlie Tilson is out of his walking boot and will see an increase in "load-bearing activities." Hahn said there's no timeframe as Tilson continues to rehab his right foot and his left hamstring. 

— Pitcher Juan Minaya (abdominal tear) is throwing off a mound and has faced hitters in live batting practice. He could begin a rehab assignment soon.

— Pitcher Jake Petricka (lat strain) has made progress in his exercises but has yet to throw — "could still be a while," Hahn said.

Moncada's moves help seal White Sox epic extra innings win

Moncada's moves help seal White Sox epic extra innings win

To say the 2018-19 White Sox have had an up-and-down season would be an understatement. The season has been filled with more good than bad for sure‒three All-Stars, 42 wins, one possible Rookie of the Year candidate‒but their seven-game losing streak coming out the All-Star break certainly seemed taxing.

Chicago’s Leury Garica-fueled bounce-back win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday certainly helped spirits but Saturday’s dramatic, extra-innings win at Tropicana field could be the type of win that really gets the team back on track.

It looked like the White Sox were headed for their eighth loss in nine games. They were down to their final out when catcher James McCann decided to add another chapter to his storybook season.


 

McCann took a slider from Rays relief pitcher Emilio Pagán 373-feet out to left field for the game-tying home run.

It was another huge moment in a great season from McCann, heightened by the fact that there were so few baserunners (total) in this game and that another o-fer in the scoring column would’ve marked the second shutout loss in a week for the White Sox.

Instead, McCann’s heroics extended a game in which the White Sox bullpen‒2 H, 0 ER‒was excellent in relief of Lucas Giolito, who also pitched well.

Over 6.2 innings, Giolito racked up 9 Ks while giving up 7 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned run. The lone run Giolito gave up was a high changeup that former White Sox outfielder Avisaíl García.

This game was without a doubt a pitchers' duel, so it was only fitting that the game-winning run was scored on an RBI-single by  José Abreu in which Yoan Moncada personified "Ricky's boys don't quit" on the basepaths.


Despite the lack of strong offensive production on Saturday night, the White Sox were able to grind out the win in a Giolito start, something that has been a recurring theme for the squad.

As elder statesmen Abreu hinted at, the White Sox need their key players back but wins like Saturday’s will help build confidence in the meantime.

The South Siders head into Sunday’s noon game with the Rays‒and their subsequent series with the Miami Marlins‒with their seven-game losing streak further in the rearview mirror and that is the best news we could hope for as we await the cavalry.

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White Sox place reliever Kelvin Herrera on injured list with oblique strain

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White Sox place reliever Kelvin Herrera on injured list with oblique strain

The White Sox saw another pitcher hit the shelf due to injury on Saturday.

Ahead of their game against the Rays, the White Sox placed reliever Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day injured with a right oblique strain. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-hander Jimmy Cordero from Triple-A Charlotte.

Entering the 2019 season, Herrera was expected to be a formidable late-game reliever in the White Sox bullpen alongside closer Álex Colomé. While Colomé (20-for-21 in save chances, 2.39 ERA in 37 2/3 innings) has thrived, Herrera has struggled in his debut season on the South Side. The 29-year-old holds a 7.36 ERA in 38 games/33 innings. As things currently stand, his .326 batting average against and 3.82 BB/9 would be career highs. 

Herrera's struggles are somewhat suprising when considering how well he pitched (2.44 ERA, 48 games/44 1/3 innings) in 2018. He did struggle after the Royals traded him to the Nationals on June 18, though, perhaps a precursor of what was to come from him in 2019:

Kelvin Herrera in 2018:

  with Royals with Nationals
Games 27 21
Innings 25 2/3 18 2/3
ERA 1.05 4.34
BB 2 8
K 22 16
BAA .207 .304

The White Sox claimed Cordero off of waivers from the Mariners on June 7. He previously pitched with the Nationals (22 games, 19 innings) in 2018 and Blue Jays (one game, 1 1/3 innings) in 2019. He holds a career 5.75 ERA in the MLB, but he's pitched well with Charlotte. The 28-year-old has gone 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Knights, with opponents hitting just .215 against him in 13 outings.

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