The White Sox placed left-hander Carlos Rodon on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, the team announced Friday. Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday after experiencing left shoulder stiffness and underwent an MRI prior to Friday’s game. He’s not expected to return before the end of the regular season, but should be in line to rejoin the team by spring.
Rodon, 24, tossed just 69 1/3 innings during his third campaign with the White Sox. He saw his season severely shortened by a 90-day case of bursitis in his left biceps and finished his 2017 run with a 4.15 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and 9.9 SO/9 over 12 starts. He’ll undergo additional tests next week, which should give the White Sox a clearer timetable for his return.
In the meantime, the club bolstered their pitching staff with right-handers Chris Volstad and Al Alburquerque, whose contracts were purchased from Triple-A Charlotte following Friday’s news. Manager Rick Renteria told reporters that he plans on keeping Volstad’s role flexible, as the 30-year-old has experience in the rotation and bullpen. The veteran righty is returning to the big leagues after a two-year hiatus and carries a 5.57 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 5.4 SO/9 over 118 innings in Triple-A this year.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.