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Rodon tabbed for Class A rehab start

Abreu praises Pujols after No. 600; one-time Sox broadcaster Piersall passes away
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DETROIT -- Carlos Rodon, who has been sidelined since the start of the season with biceps bursitis in his left shoulder, will make an injury rehab start for Class A Winston-Salem at Carolina on Tuesday. It will be Rodon's first game action since his lone Cactus League contest against the Angels on March 19 where he struck out five, including Mike Trout.

Rodon threw his latest in a line of simulated games on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. There was no word from the White Sox as to how many rehab starts the southpaw would need before a return to the rotation was considered, although four injury rehab starts to build up innings and pitch count would put him in line to rejoin the team at home at the end of July, barring any setbacks.

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DETROIT -- Carlos Rodon, who has been sidelined since the start of the season with biceps bursitis in his left shoulder, will make an injury rehab start for Class A Winston-Salem at Carolina on Tuesday. It will be Rodon's first game action since his lone Cactus League contest against the Angels on March 19 where he struck out five, including Mike Trout.

Rodon threw his latest in a line of simulated games on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. There was no word from the White Sox as to how many rehab starts the southpaw would need before a return to the rotation was considered, although four injury rehab starts to build up innings and pitch count would put him in line to rejoin the team at home at the end of July, barring any setbacks.

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"It's good news for us," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "So we'll see how that proceeds, and hopefully it's something positive. Hopefully this one continues to move forward in the right direction. And we'll re-evaluate where he's at after that."

Abreu praises Pujols
During the conclusion of the White Sox last road trip in Arizona, Jose Abreu reached 100 home runs for his career by connecting off Patrick Corbin on May 23. So he has an extra level of appreciation for Albert Pujols reaching 600 with a grand slam off of Ervin Santana Saturday night.

Video: Albert Pujols joins the prestigious 600 home run club

"All my respect for him," said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "I was watching the recap of the game last night, and I was really happy for him because I know the kind of player he is.

"That's something very hard to accomplish. That's one of the [reasons] why I admire him as a player, because of all the things he has done."

Video: CWS@ARI: Abreu belts his 100th career homer

Pujols befriended Abreu during his first Spring Training in Arizona, giving Abreu advice for his burgeoning Major League career.

Piersall passes away
Jim Piersall, a one-time colorful part of the White Sox television broadcast team and roving outfield instructor for the Cubs, passed away Saturday at age 87.

Piersall played 17 seasons for five teams and hit 104 home runs, including his 100th where he backpedaled around the bases. Piersall won two Gold Glove Awards as an outfielder.

"Ted Williams said he was the greatest center fielder he ever saw," said White Sox television play-by-play announcer Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson.

Darrin Jackson was a Cubs outfielder when Piersall worked for the organization in the late 80s. Jackson called Piersall very good at what he did and very passionate, adding Piersall provided him solid advice upon going into broadcasting.

"The advice he gave me was, 'Do it your own way. Don't listen to anybody. You be you, and broadcast the way you want to broadcast,'" Jackson said. "He was always giving me advice, whether it was as an outfielder or broadcaster.

"That's Jimmy. He was who he was. But he said some crazy things to some of the fans when we were working, and wasn't afraid to say what he felt. He would go to bat and put his reputation on the line for you."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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