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After Carlos Rodon shows frustration, Don Cooper talks him back into a groove

After Carlos Rodon shows frustration, Don Cooper talks him back into a groove

Carlos Rodon can be a fiery pitcher on the mound and on Sunday he showed some frustration when things weren’t going his way.

After giving up back-to-back singles in the third inning against the Yankees, Rodon appeared to be laboring through his start. He had already given up two runs on two walks and three hits before the end of the third.

The one that really appeared to get to Rodon was Gleyber Torres’ single in that third inning. Rodon threw a pitch that appeared to jam Torres, but Torres was able to get his hands inside and make enough contact to softly loop a single to left field. Rodon threw his arms up in frustration after he saw the ball land for a hit.

On the previous at-bat Rodon got ahead of Aaron Judge with a 1-2 count, but couldn’t get him out. Judge fouled off three straight pitches with two strikes before getting an RBI single.

“I tried to find a groove early, but it really wasn’t working so they made it tough,” Rodon said. “They were pretty patient, swung at pitches. They had some good at-bats, took me deep into counts. I’d get ahead and they’d seem to fight their way back into it. They drove the pitch count up.”

What happened after Rodon was visibly frustrated ended up being a turning point in the game. Pitching coach Don Cooper came out to talk to Rodon. Cooper had plenty to say and appeared fairly animated when talking to his pitcher.

On White Sox Postgame Live, Ozzie Guillen and Frank Thomas talked about that sequence. Guillen, who managed with Cooper as his pitching coach from 2004-2011, said “Cooper can get hot” when he talks to his pitchers.

“No coach wants to see that, especially from their ace pitcher,” Thomas said. “Cooper went out right away and let him have it. I loved it. It turned around the whole ballgame for the Sox.”

Rodon get out of the third without more trouble and went on to retire the next 11 batters he faced. He only had one more count with three balls the rest of his outing. Rodon went six innings, giving up two runs and picking up his second win of the season.

“We found a groove there after the third,” Rodon said. “(Catcher) James (McCann) and I got on the same page. The tempo went up and the strikes started coming.”

When asked what Cooper said to him, Rodon didn’t give much detail, but did say it was a mechanical fix.

“Just something quick mechanically that I know that I can get to and gets me back in the zone,” Rodon said. “It worked.”

 

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Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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