White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon’s timeline to return to the club from biceps bursitis may possibly stretch until after the All-Star break, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Rodon spoke to Van Schouwen and other reporters Monday in Phoenix after he threw his fourth simulated game. It was the first time Rodon spoke to reporters since March when he was put on the disabled list for his injury.
During the talk, Rodon expressed his “frustration” in regards to the recovery process because he thought he was going to come back at the beginning of May. But, the White Sox have been careful with him during his recovery and are still not exactly sure as to when he will begin a rehab assignment, according to Van Schouwen.
“Now it’s May 22nd and we’re still here,” the 24-year-old Rodon said. “It’s taken a lot longer than I imagined. It’s hard to be patient when your team is out here battling. I’m sitting on the backfield throwing and fielding PFP’s and waiting back here. It’s been frustrating.”
Rodon, who was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, was looking to make more strides this season after going 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA in his second full season in 2016. In the second half of the year, he put together a 7-3 mark with a 3.45 ERA.
The White Sox are 20-24 this season, but they are in the midst of a rebuilding year after trading ace Chris Sale in the offseason to receive some top prospects, including the league’s top one in Yoan Moncada. Also, their current ace, Jose Quintana, is involved in a ton of trade talks, and they are expecting Rodon to be the cornerstone of their rotation for years to come.