Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon will take the ball on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds in what manager Tony La Russa called an “interesting” and “important” opening as he tries to shake off his sore arm before the game. postseason.
Rodon threw a bullpen session Sunday in Cleveland before his last pre-playoff start.
“He didn’t really let him go where (it was) something like a game, but he said it’s okay to try on Wednesday,” La Russa said Monday morning. “So we’re glad to see you.”
Rodon has been hampered by arm fatigue in the second half, spending time on the disabled list and then taking extra days between starts. He left his last outing, last Monday against the Detroit Tigers, after three innings and 69 pitches.
Rodón has had a career year. He is 12-5 with a 2.47 ERA in 23 starts.
“It’s going to be an interesting night,” La Russa said. “Important and interesting night.”
Structurally, the White Sox say there is nothing wrong with Rodon’s arm, but the 28-year-old has lost a lot of time in his career due to injuries. The team believes that the jump in innings from its last two seasons to this one is responsible for the fatigue.
La Russa was asked how long Rodón could last on Wednesday.
“That will be the classic example of observational analysis,” he replied. “Just go watch him throw that first pitch in the first inning and see if it makes sense to send it in for the second. You hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”
The White Sox clinched the AL Central last week, but are still playing for home advantage in the first round. They are behind the Houston Astros by three games, entering their recovery game Monday against the Tigers.
Rodon’s departure on Wednesday will help determine where he fits, if he fits, in the White Sox’s postseason plans.
“You don’t want to spin your wheels too much until you know what you’ve got,” La Russa said. “If we know something on Wednesday, we have a little over a week to figure it out (the rotation).”