White Sox prospect Carlos Rodon will not start on Monday against the Blue Jays as previously scheduled. Hector Noesi will start instead, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports. The club is trying to limit the amount of innings the 22-year-old puts on his arm in his first year in the big leagues.
Rodon, taken third overall in the 2014 draft, has struggled over his first three starts, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 17/15 K/BB ratio in 16 innings. The White Sox haven’t announced when Rodon will take the mound next, but it is expected to be sometime during the week.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.