Rodon sees improvement in ailing left wrist

Rodon sees improvement in ailing left wrist

ANAHEIM -- What a difference a day makes, or in the case of Carlos Rodon's left wrist sprain, he's hoping what a difference a few days make.

"This last week, I made a lot of progress. Two days into vacation, I really couldn't move it," said Rodon, referring to the start of the All-Star break. "The past couple of days, now I can move it around a little bit, and it's feeling better.

"We have about another week. I think it should be good to go in another week. I just have to let it heal a little more, let [White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider] take care of it. He's doing a great job."  

Rodon was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 6 with the injury suffered when slipping coming up to the field for the national anthem last homestand. He would be eligible to return at home against the Tigers on July 21, but with Rodon starting to play catch from 60 feet Saturday for the first time after an extended rest, he might be absent for more than Sunday's start against the Angels.

"It's getting there. I'm getting the mobility back. I'm getting out, moving around, doing some rehab stuff. Hopefully it gets better quickly," Rodon said. "I played a little bit of catch today. It felt all right. It will take a little bit of time, but it's getting there."

"Yeah, I mean, he's playing catch. You still don't know where it's at," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Playing catch is one thing, letting it loose is going to be a whole other issue. But still pleased with where he's at and where it's going. Until he throws like he would in a game, that's when you know."

When Rodon does return, he'll try to improve on a 2-7 record with a 4.50 ERA over 16 first-half starts. The southpaw also struck out 91 and walked 32 over 92 innings.

Those numbers weren't what Rodon envisioned, especially with eight straight starts allowing two earned runs or fewer to end his rookie campaign of 2015. But the 23-year-old is determined to move on from the overall struggles.

"I'm just trying to forget about it now. I'm trying to take it as a new season," said Rodon, who is 11-13 with a 4.08 ERA, 226 strikeouts and 99 walks over 225 innings covering 39 career starts. "It [stinks]. It wasn't good.

"Especially with that run I had at the end [of last season], I wanted to build off that. It just didn't happen. I wasn't throwing well, walking guys, falling behind on guys. Hopefully in the second half, I can turn it around."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.