Lefty Pedro Hernandez will start Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, the White Sox made official prior to Tuesday's game. Hernandez will take Gavin Floyd's turn in the rotation, as the right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier today.
Hernandez saw success with Double-A Birmingham, posting a 2.75 ERA with 48 strikeouts, 19 walks and seven home runs allowed in 68 23 innings. In his six-year minor-league career, Hernandez has a 3.42 ERA in 107 games, 67 of which were starts.
The White Sox acquired Hernandez, along with righty Simon Castro, from San Diego in exchange for Carlos Quentin last December.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Rodon has been scratched from a Friday start with tightness in his upper left bicep, and it could land him on the disabled list to start the 2017 season.
General manager Rick Hahn said on Friday that the team's initial exam of their third-year starter was "positive." But the White Sox intend to be extremely cautious with Rodon, who is headed to have an MRI instead of starting against the Oakland A's in Mesa.
Rodon informed the White Sox he felt some tightness in his bicep on Thursday, at which point they examined him. The team's exam suggested Rodon has no structural damage, Hahn said.
Free of worry, Rodon requested to make his start against Oakland, but the team declined and opted for a second opinion. Zach Putnam will start and pitch one inning instead.
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With the intent of helping him reach the 200-inning mark this season, the White Sox took a slower route with Rodon this spring, similar to the way they handled Chris Sale last year.
Rodon went 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA in 28 starts last season, striking out 168 batters in 165 innings.
Rodon has done most of his work this February and March on back fields and in simulated games. He made his first Cactus League appearance against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday and struck out five in four scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and walked one.
Hahn said the injury could land Rodon on the DL to start the season as the White Sox intend to make sure the left-hander is healthy and prepared to return.
The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.
Today's starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Kendall Graveman
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