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White Sox continue to resist instinct to rush Carlos Rodon's unpredictable rehab

White Sox continue to resist instinct to rush Carlos Rodon's unpredictable rehab

NEW YORK — The White Sox continue to resist the instinct to rush Carlos Rodon's unpredictable rehab. 

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday afternoon that Rodon — who went 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA last season — has made more progress from soreness in his left bicep, but not enough to throw off the mound. Until Rodon reaches that point, the White Sox can't predict with certainty when he could make a rehab start or when he might return to the major leagues. As trying as it may to be, the White Sox don't want to take any chances with the health of their talented young pitcher. 

"We want to make sure he's pain free before you take any additional steps," Hahn said. "The progress is there. When you start in on these things, you can't really predict how long it's going to be until a guy feels normal. But he does feel better as this unfolds and continues to progress.

"We are responding to symptoms and how he feels and the key is he feels good and he's making progress."

Rodon is now 22 days into his throwing program. About a week in, the hope was that Rodon would continue to make enough progress to where he was throwing off the mound sometime last week. But for now Rodon continues to play catch in extended spring training at the team's facility in Glendale, Ariz.

Rodon's soreness began late last month four days after he made his first Cactus League start. Initially he felt good enough to ask if he the club would consider moving up his first regular season start. Then the soreness hit and Rodon underwent a physical examination, had an MRI taken and received a second opinion.

Each test determined that Rodon has no structural damage, which Hahn identified as the key for not being overly concerned.

"As I've said from the start, we are going to take as much time as this needs to do it the right way," Hahn said. "There's no urgency to rush him back or force the issue at all. Obviously you would prefer things to move along as quickly as possible, but we are going to resist any instinct to be impatient and respond to how he's doing each step of the way."

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Also on the injury front:

— Catcher Geovany Soto (sore elbow) threw on Monday and was "asymptomatic," according to Hahn. 

— Center fielder Charlie Tilson is out of his walking boot and will see an increase in "load-bearing activities." Hahn said there's no timeframe as Tilson continues to rehab his right foot and his left hamstring. 

— Pitcher Juan Minaya (abdominal tear) is throwing off a mound and has faced hitters in live batting practice. He could begin a rehab assignment soon.

— Pitcher Jake Petricka (lat strain) has made progress in his exercises but has yet to throw — "could still be a while," Hahn said.

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back as club makes rotation changes

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Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back as club makes rotation changes

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back a day.

Originally scheduled to start Monday, Giolito will make his team debut on Tuesday now, manager Rick Renteria said on Saturday. Giolito will take Reynaldo Lopez's place in the rotation as he recovers from a strained back.

The White Sox also made some other pitching rotation changes.

Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer will be the two starters for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. Renteria said that Fulmer — who will be making his season debut — will serve as the 26th man and then head back to Triple-A Charlotte.

In 24 starts this season with the Knights, the 23-year-old prospect is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts.

Strained back sends White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to DL

Strained back sends White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to DL

After leaving Thursday's game with soreness, the White Sox are taking a cautious approach with pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez.

The White Sox announced on Saturday they have placed Lopez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back and purchased the contract of pitcher Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper noticed Lopez losing both his velocity and command in the fourth inning of his start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night which prompted a mound visit from manager Rick Renteria and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. After initially walking back toward the dugout, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu signaled for Renteria and Schneider to return. Lopez was pulled from the game just moments later.

Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in two starts with the White Sox after getting promoted to the majors on Aug. 11.

Farquhar, 30, signed with the White Sox in July after he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

In eight games with Triple-A Charlotte, Farquhar had a 3.00 ERA with a 0.880 WHIP and 12 strikeouts.

The veteran reliever has played in parts of six MLB seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011), Seattle Mariners (2013-15) and Rays (2016-17). Farquhar has a career record of 7-14 with 18 saves and a 3.85 ERA in 230 games.

The White Sox 40-man roster is now at 36 after Saturday's move.