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Tommy John surgery, which White Sox said was 'on the table' for injured Carlos Rodon, has been suggested, per report

Tommy John surgery, which White Sox said was 'on the table' for injured Carlos Rodon, has been suggested, per report

When general manager Rick Hahn announced that Carlos Rodon had a significant arm injury last week, he said that everything was on the table, including Tommy John surgery.

The White Sox haven't had anything to say since about whether that will or won't be Rodon's fate, but it sounds like at least one doctor has made that recommendation, per a report from Jon Heyman.

As Heyman mentioned, both Hahn and Rodon addressed that possibility the day the injury was announced, with Rodon going as far to say: "If it's Tommy John, so be it to get me back on this field."

That would be the capper on top of what is already a brutal blow for the White Sox, who would lose another young pitcher to the procedure after Zack Burdi, Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning have all been shelved after having the surgery in recent years. Burdi's back, pitching at Double-A Birmingham, but Kopech and Dunning are still on the mend. Kopech's not expected to be back on a big league mound until the 2020 season. Dunning's surgery came later and could be facing a further off return date.

If Rodon is sidelined for roughly a year while in recovery mode, that would have more negative effects on the White Sox planned rotation of the future. Heading into 2020, a year pegged as one where the White Sox could make the transition from rebuilding to contending, Kopech will have just four major league appearances under his belt, Dylan Cease is unlikely to have too many more than that, Dunning will still be recovering and Rodon could be out for a big chunk of the campaign, too. It might not prevent the White Sox from leaping into contention mode, but that's all hardly ideal.

There's another factor in this whole thing when it comes to Rodon, whose contract is up after the 2021 season. If he goes on a yearlong hiatus while recovering from Tommy John surgery, that gives the White Sox just a year and a half of team control by the time he comes back until the time he's scheduled to hit free agency.

Though they seemed prepared for the possibility last week, another young starting pitcher that has to have Tommy John surgery would obviously be tough news for the White Sox as their rebuilding project moves forward.

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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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