Rodon to sit out spring, likely back in June

White Sox lefty looking to build arm strength after shoulder surgery

February 23rd, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox left-hander will not pitch in any Cactus League games as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery. Early June now appears to be a realistic target.

"Real pleased with the way things are going," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "He reports he feels normal. The surgery was a success. He's healed. That's all behind him. Now it's just a matter of building up arm strength.

"His first outings against competition will likely come in extended spring training, which will then be followed by a rehab assignment. His return to the Major Leagues continues to be on the path that will trend closer to eight-month mark than six-month mark."

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Rodon underwent surgery last September, and from the beginning the White Sox have put the complete recovery period at six to eight months.

"We're going to err on the side of caution," Hahn said. "This is about putting Carlos in the best position to succeed for the next several years, not about getting an extra two or three starts in April or May of 2018."

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Rodon said this week he's feeling good in the early stages of a throwing program and that the experience has taught him patience and to be smart about listening to his body.

Adolfo out with elbow injury

Outfield prospect is sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a sprain in the ulnar collateral ligament and a strain in the flexor tendon of his right elbow.

"As we sit here right now, there is a decent chance that rehab will allow him ample time to heal and put this behind him," Hahn said. "Surgery is an option at some point, but we're not there yet."

Adolfo, 21, reported soreness after throwing drills this week. He left camp on Friday to receive a second opinion. In a best-case scenario, he'll be sidelined from baseball activities for about six weeks, which would allow him time to come back this season.

Adolfo is the 14th-ranked White Sox prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. His $1.6 million signing bonus was a White Sox record at the time.

He finished last year at Class A Kannapolis in his third pro season. In 249 games, he has a .704 OPS with 56 doubles and 27 home runs.

"Obviously this is a thing that happens despite everyone's best efforts," Hahn said. "He shouldn't feel inordinately bad, other than disappointed that his season's going to be potentially mildly truncated because of some rotten luck. It's a shame, the kid has fought back time and again."

Worth noting

• It was a tough Cactus League opener for White Sox pitchers as seven of them allowed the Dodgers 10 earned runs and 14 hits, including four home runs, in a 13-5 victory for Los Angeles.

• Shortstop hit a three-run home run for the White Sox.

• White Sox No. 1 prospect -- ranked No. 4 overall by MLB Pipeline -- appeared in his first Cactus League game, pinch-running in the fifth inning and playing right field. He struck out in his only plate appearance.

• Left-hander gets the start against the Mariners in Peoria at 2:10 p.m. CT (watch live on MLB.TV).

• The White Sox 40-man roster averages 26.6 years per player, youngest in the American League. The Sox have 21 players 25 or younger.

• Hahn announced the signings of the remainder of the players on his 40-man roster to one-year deals. Third baseman got the largest deal at $570,000, with infielder getting $565,000. The MLB minimum salary is $545,000.