Just a few days after Carlos Rodon threw six solid innings in his first-career start, the Chicago White Sox have made the decision to keep him in their rotation for the rest of the season. Rodon will make his second start on Friday against the Oakland A's.
Rodon won't necessarily be getting the ball every fifth day because the White Sox are going to be careful about giving him too much to handle too soon, and they also have justifiable concerns about his workload. They plan to work in extra rest for Rodon and maybe skip his turn in the rotation occasionally.
The Sox aren't talking specifics about a cap on Rodon's innings, but no doubt they have a figure in mind, hence the talk of extra rest and skipped starts. Sounds like the White Sox are trying to set things up so that they won't have to worry about Rodon's workload toward the end of the season so he can contribute if they happen to be in contention. That may not happen--actually I've seen this crap heap enough; it's not happening--but it's good thinkin' anyhow.
Most importantly, the lefthanded Rodon replaces righty Hector Noesi, meaning that the White Sox now have four lefthanders in the rotation. THE LEFTORIUM IS TIDIED UP AND READY FOR BUSINESS ALL HAIL THE LEFTORIUM.