Rodon to skip start before getting back on mound
Rookie left-hander to approach 150 innings for season
CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon is healthy, but the White Sox have decided to skip the rookie left-hander's upcoming turn in the rotation to provide him with extra rest.
Rodon, who pitched seven strong innings on Tuesday against the Indians, normally would have returned to the mound Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the A's. Instead, he won't pitch again until the series in Cleveland next weekend.
"It'll probably be about 10 days [between starts]," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I don't know if he necessarily needed it, but I think with what we have within the rotation, you're able to give him that break."
Rodon, who is 7-6 with a 3.94 ERA, has tossed 125 2/3 innings in the Majors after being called up. Before that, he pitched 10 innings in the Minors. The 135 innings is already the most he's thrown in a season, and the White Sox want to make sure he's not overworked.
"He will have a few more starts by the end of the year that you want him to finish up and get what he should be getting as a rookie starting in the big leagues," Ventura said. "I think that part, you want him to finish strong, and this is a good time to give it to him now that we have enough guys to fill in that slot."
Three more starts would put Rodon, 22, in position to log about 150 to 155 innings this season, which is near the upper limits of what the team has established for him this season.