Rodon returns to White Sox after rehab start

Ventura moving on from Sale situation; Williams happy for Hall of Famer Griffey

Rodon returns to White Sox after rehab start

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon returned to the White Sox on Tuesday after a one-start Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte in Louisville. The left-hander struck out three and walked two over 3 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while testing a sprained left wrist that put him on the disabled list July 9.

"Felt good," Rodon said. "It was nice to see the guys down there --  a couple guys I saw in Spring Training, the manager, a few other guys. It was nice to visit. I felt good, yeah, back on track.

"Threw everything, felt good. Everything responded well. Just looking forward to this next start here."

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Rodon will throw again in a couple of days. But it looks as if Rodon's next start, marking his first Major League outing since July 5, will come at the big league level and potentially this weekend at Target Field.

"Yeah, I believe so. I'm not sure exactly. I'm guessing that's what it's going to be," Rodon said. "I'm excited to get back on the mound and pitch for these guys. Same thing, still baseball: 60 feet, 6 inches, catcher's there, umpire, just take it the same way. Obviously do better."

Rodon has a 2-7 record with a 4.50 ERA over 16 starts for the White Sox this season.

Ventura moving on from Sale situation

Chris Sale will return to the White Sox on Thursday and will take the mound against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Beyond that, Ventura chose not to comment any further on Saturday's situation involving the White Sox ace or the comments he made to MLB.com on Monday.

Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

"You know what? All that stuff, I'm going to leave it at that. Everything that goes on in there, I'll leave in there," Ventura said. "Really, from what happened, I think from the conduct, we acted appropriately. I think we had to act. It was over the line."

When asked if the two could co-exist, Ventura responded, "Absolutely, absolutely." He added that the two will talk Thursday, when Sale returns.

White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams supported Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn's handling of the situation.

"On the other side of all of this," Williams said, "the one thing I can say is the way that Rick and Robin handled the situation -- it was a difficult situation, certainly a unique situation, but one in which I think they handled in an excellent fashion. Any further comment beyond what I just said is counterproductive to all of that."

Sale on suspension by White Sox

Williams happy for Griffey

Prior to the Hall of Fame induction of Ken Griffey Jr. this past Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., Williams exchanged a humorous text message with the man who played for the White Sox for a few months after the non-waiver Trade Deadline in 2008.

Griffey caps humbling day in own unique way

"I think the last one I sent to him was, 'Geez, they will let anyone in there,'" said Williams with a laugh.

Griffey made one of the more memorable throws in franchise history, nailing Michael Cuddyer at the plate with a throw from center field during the White Sox 1-0 victory over the Twins in the famous Blackout Game to decide the '08 American League Central champ.

Griffey's great throw

"His short time here with the White Sox was impactful, but not just because of the throw," Williams said. "One of the things we acquired him for was what he would do in that clubhouse. Sometimes that goes overlooked as to what happens back there."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com 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.