At the beginning of Spring Training, the delayed start to Carlos Rodon getting ready for the season was following a similar plan to Chris Sale's last year. Then it was mentioned how Rodon suffered through periods of dead arm last season. There was speculation that Rodon could miss starts to begin the season.
After his impressive performance on March 19th against the Los Angeles Angels, Rodon reduced fears of him missing any starts to the season.
Today, Rodon is scratched from the lineup due to tightness in his left bicep.
White Sox scratching Carlos Rodon today because of tightness in his left biceps. Early examination positive but he's going for MRI.— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) March 24, 2017
As Rick Hahn explained, Carlos Rodon initially didn't know if he could get proper extension. After exam, Rodon wanted to pitch. Sox said no.— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) March 24, 2017
Fans will have to wait til the MRI results come back before knowing what the long-term prognosis is. The team's concern is if Rodon can get the proper extension on his pitches. At this point, it's probably safe to bet on Rodon missing the first couple of weeks in April. Which means Dylan Covey, a rule 5 pick, could fill in for Rodon in the starting rotation.
Oh, and Jose Quintana was named the Opening Day starter.