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.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.