Carlos Rodon will take Chris Sale’s rotation spot in Cactus League action


White Sox pitching prospect Carlos Rodon will take over for the injured Chris Sale in the starting rotation as his club gets set to enter Cactus League action in spring training. Sale recently suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss three weeks.

Rodon, 22, was taken by the White Sox third overall in the first round of the 2014 draft. Though he’s being given an opportunity to showcase his skills, Rodon is very likely to open the season with Triple-A Charlotte. The lefty ascended quickly through the minor league system last year, ending with three starts at Charlotte, but will likely need a bit more time before the White Sox will rely on him at the major league level.

In 24 1/3 combined innings in the minors last season, Rodon posted a 2.96 ERA and a 38/13 K/BB ratio.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.