GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start Sunday against the Angels in Tempe. Rodon has thrown nothing but live batting practice and simulated games to date during the White Sox gradual process of moving him toward the regular season."It's been a little while
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start Sunday against the Angels in Tempe. Rodon has thrown nothing but live batting practice and simulated games to date during the White Sox gradual process of moving him toward the regular season.
"It's been a little while since I've been in a game," said Rodon after throwing a side session Friday. "I'm looking forward to it. Get to face big-league hitters again, so it will be good.
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"I still had that 'geek' when I faced the guys on the backfield, just live BP. It will be a little different this time. [I] get to face a different team."
If Rodon stayed on regular rest after Sunday, he would start on the road against Oakland on March 24, and then the last game of Spring Training, at home against the Padres on March 29. Rodon would be lined up to pitch in the fifth or sixth game of the regular season at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Twins.
"We're just looking for him to be in control and command, poised and do what he does," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria, who mentioned Rodon has been stretched out to 63 pitches and will throw in that range Sunday. "It's not about a whole lot of pressure. It's about being happy to have him out there on the mound and get him going."
Lucas Giolito will back up Rodon on Sunday. As for Rodon's regular-season goals, he's keeping them simple.
"Show up and pitch every time I have to," Rodon said.
Hawk's broadcasting future
Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson, the iconic television voice of the White Sox, will continue to broadcast road games and selected home games during his 33rd season in the White Sox booth. But he doesn't figure to have nearly as significant of a broadcast role beginning with the 2018 season. Harrelson expressed a desire to the Sun-Times to be in baseball for four more years, but not necessarily as a regular broadcaster. Four more years would give Harrelson parts of eight decades in baseball.
A routine for Harrelson has not yet been decided for next year. The long-time broadcaster could fill in on occasion while also serving as a White Sox ambassador.
"Hawk is the face of the franchise and highly respected by the organization," White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing Brooks Boyer told MLB.com. "He has earned the right to do what's best for him and his family."
Harrelson originally cut back on his schedule to spend more time with his family, specifically his grandkids in Granger, Ind., avoiding the long trip to Chicago for home games. Jason Benetti, who worked home games in '16, will do the same in '17. His deal runs through this season, but Benetti has earned strong praise from within the organization and from the fans. Benetti is currently calling NCAA Tournament games in Sacramento, Calif.
Third to first
Miguel Gonzalez worked six innings in a Minor League game Friday, and allowed one earned run on two hits. He struck out five and threw 53 of his 70 pitches for strikes.
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.