White Sox move top prospect Carlos Rodon into the starting rotation

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Carlos Rodon was impressive enough in Saturday’s spot start–throwing six innings of two-run ball against the Reds–that the White Sox have decided to move the 22-year-old top prospect into the rotation full time.

Rodon, who began the season at Triple-A and then spent some time in the White Sox’s bullpen, will start Friday against the A’s.

Selected with the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, the 6-foot-3 left-hander reached the majors after logging a total of just 34 innings in the minors and has posted a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings for the White Sox.

His command comes and goes, so expect Rodon to struggle with walks at times, but he has electric raw stuff that includes a mid-90s fastball and swing-and-miss slider. He’s a helluva upgrade over Hector Noesi.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.