The Chicago White Sox named right-hander Jeff Samardzija their Opening Day starter on Wednesday. He will take the place of Chris Sale, who while very close to making a return to the mound after fracturing his right foot earlier this spring, will not be ready for the season opener.
The White Sox had entertained the idea of keeping top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon, who has been replacing Sale in their spring rotation, in the bullpen during the regular season until Sale’s return. Lately, though the idea had been to keep Rodon starting in Triple-A so he’d be stretched out and ready to go if needed for an emergency start.
Rodon made the most dominating start of any White Sox starter, perhaps any starter in the league, so far in 2015 in Wednesday’s game against the reigning American League Champion Kansas City Royals.
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