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As we pass the midpoint of Spring Training, White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon has yet to see any Cactus League action. He has thrown a couple of bullpen session thus far, including one in which he hurled 64 pitches today. The White Sox want to mold Rodon into an inning-eating ace for the franchise’s rebuild.

Rick Hahn, Don Cooper, and Rick Renteria have all persisted that there is no injury concern regarding Rodon, but they just want to take a cautious approach with the former 1st round pick. Rodon spent time on the disabled list last season with a wrist injury after slipping on the dugout steps. Rodon still managed to get through 165 innings pitched with a 9-10 record and a 4.04 ERA.

It has also been said Rodon dealt with arm fatigue throughout the duration of the 2016 season. General manager Rick Hahn stated that the arm fatigue that Rodon dealt with was nowhere near the point where the team would consider placing him on the disabled list.

As of now, Rodon appears to be the second starter in the rotation behind Jose Quintana. With Quintana’s future up in the air, Rodon could find himself as the ace of this young ball club soon enough. Rodon is going to be tasked with leading a rotation full of fellow young pitchers looking to develop their craft. Guys like Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez will likely crack the starting rotation at some point this season after they spend some innings in AAA.

Manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper expect Carlos Rodon to be ready to face live hitting in the Cactus League fairly soon. Multiple sources within the White Sox organization expect Rodon to make his first regular season appearance in the fifth or sixth game of the year. Whether or not we see an innings limit or extra days of rest here and there for Rodon is unknown at this point.

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