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White Sox ready to see what Carlos Rodon can do

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White Sox ready to see what Carlos Rodon can do

Carlos Rodon will make his first major league start Saturday night in the second half of the White Sox doubleheader against Cincinnati, and manager Robin Ventura doesn’t have any expectations — or limits — for the former No. 3 overall pick.

“We’re just gonna let him go,” Ventura said. “At that point, he’s still stretched out enough to get deep into the game and you’re hoping to get that. We’ll see what happens.”

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Rodon has thrown 60 and 63 pitches in his two extended relief outings with the White Sox this year, and threw 87 pitches in his two Triple-A starts prior to his promotion. It’s been the plan for a few days now to start Rodon Saturday, so he’s had plenty of time to prepare. The White Sox called up right-hander Chris Beck as their 26th player for the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

The 22-year-old left-hander will face veteran Jason Marquis, who made his major league debut in 2000 — when Rodon was just seven years old. Through 6 1/3 major league innings, Rodon has allowed two runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

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Ventura thinks that previous experience spanning three major league games could help keep Rodon calm on what will be a chilly Saturday evening.

“You are just glad he’s up here and has already been around for a little while, whether it’s the relief appearance or not,” Ventura said. “That’s what he was brought up to do. So, the other thing is if we ended up in a spot like this, he could start for you. Everything has worked out in his favor that way.”

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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