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.
Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.
Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.
Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.