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Infirmary Report: Carlos Rodon (shoulder surgery)-Will he be ready for opening day?

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in late September after dealing with multiple bouts of bursitis during the 2017 season. The procedure was performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Rodon was initially given a six-to-eight-month recovery timeline, confirmed by White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. In his late 2017 press conference, Hahn also stated the the rotator cuff and labrum were both viewed as normal and that Rodon would make a full recovery.

The best-case scenario for Rodon’s return would be early April, which would put him at the early end of the rehab time frame. However, the southpaw recently began a throwing program in late January and, according to pitching coach Don Cooper, is “not anticipating (Rodon) being ready to start the season.”

If Rodon is able to get back into the rotation by the latter portion of the recovery timeline, he will be back on the mound in early June.

Rodon, 25, was the third pick in the 2014 draft by the White Sox and made his major league debut in 2015. After starting that season in the bullpen, he enjoyed a breakout campaign, posting a 3.75 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 23 starts after permanently joining the rotation.

Last season, Rodon had a disappointing, injury-plagued year with two DL stints. He finished the season with a 2-6 record, 4.15 ERA, and 76 strikeouts.

With a May or June return seeming more and more likely, the White Sox’ rotation is young and untested beyond right-handed pitchers James Shields and Miguel Gonzalez. They project to be a right hand-dominant rotation that could desperately use Rodon’s lefty presence.

Rodon brings a combination of a high K/9 ratio and a knack for inducing ground balls, both of which are fantasy gold. If he can stay healthy–and that’s a big IF–he can be a solid midseason stash or buy-low candidate once the season starts.

Ziad Dahdul is a Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from California State University- Fullerton. He is a board certified orthopedic specialist, working with competitive athletes and weekend warriors for nearly a decade. He grew up playing basketball and baseball and continues to play recreationally to this day. He is a die hard fan of the Lakers, Dodgers, Patriots, and USC Trojans and has been playing fantasy sports for 15+ years.

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