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White Sox move Carlos Rodon into the rotation

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Top prospect will make second start Friday, with a plan to manage his innings for next couple of months

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The White Sox telegraphed the move when they used Hector Noesi in the eighth inning of Monday's game, but they made it official before tonight's game:

Carlos Rodon is in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Rick Hahn gave reporters the rundown:

And it's the right time to do so, since the White Sox are five games under .500. Rodon might not be an insta-savior, but the bullpen wasn't a natural fit for him, and he's better than Noesi as a starter. It fits both the player and the team.

While the 2014 version of Noesi pitched effectively enough around the homers to occupy a back-end role, this year's Noesi gave up homers AND failed to pitch efficiently. He walked 11 in 16 innings, leading to a team-worst 20 pitches per inning (Jose Quintana is the closest ... at 18).

Rodon's imprecision may mean he'll have his share of short starts, but he stands a better chance of making those innings worth something, limited as they may be.