CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox suppose pitcher Carlos Rodón might be wholesome sufficient to assist them within the playoffs after the All-Star left-hander was restricted down the regular-season stretch.
“We stay optimistic that he is going to have the ability to contribute over the course of the following month,” normal supervisor Rick Hahn mentioned Monday. “Clearly, given the quantity of labor that he has endured this season, the bounce from the earlier years, his energy and luxury and normal degree of soreness and fatigue is one thing that we proceed to watch.”
Hahn mentioned Rodón will solely pitch as soon as through the best-of-five division sequence in opposition to the AL West champion Houston Astros that begins Thursday. If the White Sox advance, they will consider his workload on a series-by-series foundation. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Rodón has a historical past of arm and shoulder accidents and threw simply 28 innings over the ultimate two months of the common season. However he additionally performed an enormous function because the White Sox ran away with the AL Central title at 93-69. They beat Cleveland by 13 video games and completed with their highest win complete because the 2005 World Sequence championship crew went 99-63.
Rodón set a profession excessive for wins in going 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA and made his first All-Star crew. His 24 begins and 132 2/3 innings are essentially the most for him since 2016, nicely past his totals within the earlier two years mixed.
“What should not be misplaced in all that is we’re sitting right here immediately because the division champs thanks largely to Carlos’ contribution over the course of the final six months,” Hahn mentioned. “He together with our coaching employees and coaches I feel deserve a world of credit score for placing him able to succeed and exhibit to the the world what he is able to doing when he is totally wholesome. Clearly, down the stretch right here we needed to be cognizant of the workload, how Carlos was feeling, and adjusted.”
Hahn mentioned Lance Lynn or Lucas Giolito will begin Recreation 1 at Houston on Thursday. He additionally mentioned slugger José Abreu has been coping with a “non-COVID sickness” since Saturday, however needs to be full go for the sequence.
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