Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

Top prospect has struggled with command in Majors

Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon's previous start for the White Sox came on Wednesday night against the Indians, when the rookie southpaw walked five over six innings and allowed one run.

His next start takes place on … .

"Not very long," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura when asked about Rodon after announcing Friday that Hector Noesi would get the start on Monday in Toronto.

So how long is not very long?

"We have it mapped out," Ventura said. "I'm not going to tell you what it is. It won't be Monday, I do know that."

When the White Sox moved their No. 1 prospect, per MLB.com, from the bullpen to the rotation, they made it clear that Rodon's innings would be monitored and he wouldn't be on regular rest in the rotation until the end of the season. So this move allows Rodon to work on his repertoire on the side while again keeping a focus on not allowing his innings to eventually hit 180 or 190 in his first year out of college.

A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for Thursday in Baltimore, but if the White Sox put Scott Carroll into one of those games, they wouldn't necessarily need Rodon again until next Saturday in Houston.

"We'll be able to give Rodon that time to give him a stretch too where you can give him that rest," Ventura said.

Worth noting

Jose Abreu pinched a finger on his right hand during a fourth-inning swing Thursday but stayed in the game after being checked by Ventura and White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. He was back in the starting lineup Friday.

"In talking to him, we were just making sure there was nothing there," said Ventura of Abreu. "We checked him out and he's good."

• The White Sox have traded left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp to the Dodgers in exchange for Double-A right-hander Blake Smith. Surkamp, 27, had a 3-0 record and 2.81 ERA with Triple-A Charlotte, after recording a 4.81 ERA over 35 games with the White Sox last season.

Surkamp was designated for assignment on April 26.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.