White Sox will promote Carlos Rodon on Monday

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the White Sox will promote pitching prospect Carlos Rodon on Monday. They will have him work out of the bullpen.

Rodon, 22, was taken by the White Sox in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2014 draft. He joined the White Sox for spring training and performed well, posting a 3.06 ERA with a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 Cactus League innings. Despite the injury to starter Chris Sale which delayed his start to the season, the White Sox had Rodon start the season with Triple-A Charlotte.

With Charlotte, Rodon has allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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