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Rodon among several White Sox progressing

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NEW YORK -- Rick Hahn sounded more like one part athletic trainer and one part White Sox general manager as he updated the handful of injuries affecting the team through mid-April in the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Carlos Rodon, projected as the team's No. 2 starter but who was placed on the disabled list before the season began with bursitis in his left biceps, is making progress in his throwing program. The left-hander also has yet to throw off a mound.

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NEW YORK -- Rick Hahn sounded more like one part athletic trainer and one part White Sox general manager as he updated the handful of injuries affecting the team through mid-April in the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Carlos Rodon, projected as the team's No. 2 starter but who was placed on the disabled list before the season began with bursitis in his left biceps, is making progress in his throwing program. The left-hander also has yet to throw off a mound.

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"Once he is, we will have a better sense for how long it will be after that for a rehab assignment," Hahn said. "And after he's on a rehab assignment, we'll have a better sense of when he can potentially rejoin the club. Still too early to put a specific timeframe on it, but he is progressing.

"[The injury] being non-structural was the key to this whole thing. After that it was a matter of progressing as his symptoms allowed. We want to make sure he's pain-free before you take any additional steps. The progress is there.

"When you start in on these things, you can't really predict how long it's going to be until a guy feels normal. But he does feel better as this unfolds."

Hahn quickly responded "no" when asked if he had any level of concern in regard to the Rodon malady hitting him at the end of Spring Training.

"As I've said from the start, we are going to take as much time as this needs to do it the right way," Hahn said. "There's no urgency to rush him back or force the issue.

"Obviously you would prefer things to move along as quickly as possible. But we are going to resist any instinct to be impatient and respond to how he's doing each step of the way."

Right-handed reliever Jake Petricka (strained right lat) is making progress with his exercises, but he's still not throwing.

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"He's on pace to continue to climb," Hahn said. "No schedule on him. Could still be a while."

Outfielder Charlie Tilson (right foot stress reaction, rehabbing surgery to repair torn left hamstring) got out of his walking boot Monday and is ramping up load-bearing activities. There's no timetable for Tilson to return to game action much less a return to the big leagues, but there are signs of progress.

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Right-handed reliever Juan Minaya (abdominal strain) is facing hitters in batting practice and will go on a rehab assignment soon. Catcher Geovany Soto (right elbow inflammation) threw Monday and was asymptomatic. The White Sox hope to have him back shortly after his DL stint is up.

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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