Carlos Rodon to replace Chris Sale in Cactus League rotation

Update: March 1, 2015 10:00pm PT

Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper reported to the media Sunday that the White Sox number one prospect, who was rated 14th overall in baseball by MLB.con, Carlos Rodon will replace Chris Sale in the Sox spring training rotation. 

“I’ll tell you what,” Cooper said. “Expect to see Carlos Rodon in that spot.”

As previously stated in the original text of this post, as well as in the original article on Baseball Hot Corner, Sale fractured his right foot in an undisclosed accident at his home. Also mentioned were possible replacements for Sale, especially in the case that he misses one or two of his regular season starts.

Sale’s prognosis is that he will be out three weeks meaning it is likely he could make his f irst regular season start but the White Sox need to be prepared. They needed a replacement who would be ready to pitch during the regular season if Sale’s injury were to linger.

Accoring to Cooper that replacement will be Carlos Rodon. Rodon, 22, was picked by the White Sox in the first round, third overall, in the 2014 draft out of North Carolina State University. 

“Here’s something else that happens when injuries occur or problems that Chris is having occur,” Cooper said. “One guy’s day is kind of shut down a little bit. The opportunity is knocking on other people’s doors. Now the door is open for [Rodon] to go out there and start and show everybody what he can do.”

He’s made nine minor league appearances, at three different levels. He’s played for the White Sox of the Arizona Rookie League, was then moved to High Class-A Winston Salem of the Carolina League and then straight to the White Sox Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte. 

During his nine appearances Rodon posted a 2.96 ERA. He pitched a total of 24.1 innings allowing 20 hits and 13 walks while striking out 38 batters.

Rodon is definitely a pitcher of the future for the White Sox and being able to fill in for Sale during spring training with provide him with invaluable experience. 

It will be fun to see what Rodon can do against some big league hitters during spring training and even more interesting to see him face big league hitters during the regular season If Sale were to miss any regular season games.

There Chris Sale fractures foot in home accidentis a possibility that we will see Rodon in the majors early on in the 2015 season.

Original Text: February 28, 2015 5:30 pm PT

Chris Sale fractures foot in home accident

Chris Sale. Getty Images.
Chris Sale. Getty Images.

The Chicago White Sox feared the worst when they found out that their ace and potential Cy Young Award winner Chris Sale reported to camp today limping.

Apparently the 25-year-old left-hander was injured in an accident at his home. According to the team’s Twitter accound Sale suffered an avulsion fracture to his right foot. Thankfully for the White Sox the prognosis is that Sale will only be out for three weeks.

Obviously now Sale will miss spring training and his opening day status is in jeopardy. To read this post in its entirety go to Baseball Hot Corner using the link below:

White Sox ace Chris Sale has fractured foot

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