The White Sox announced on Thursday that starter Carlos Rodón has been placed on the 10-day IL due to left elbow inflammation. Fellow starter Lucas Giolito has been activated from the IL to start Thursday night’s game against the Red Sox.
Rodón, 24, felt discomfort in his elbow during Wednesday’s start against the Orioles, in which he lasted only 3 2/3 innings. When asked if Rodón may need Tommy John surgery, GM Rick Hahn said, “Everything is on the table,” Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The lefty owns a 5.19 ERA with a 46/17 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings on the season.
Giolito, 24, missed two weeks due to a strained left hamstring, suffered on April 17 against the Royals. The right-hander struggled to a 5.30 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 10 walks across 18 2/3 innings to start the season.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.