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Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: CARLOS RODON LIKELY DL'ED TO START SEASON

It has been a strange spring for Chicago White Sox emerging power pitcher Carlos Rodon.  Right at the start of camp and into the first batch of games, the White Sox held Rodon out in order to baby his young arm a bit like with what the Mets did with Jacob DeGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndegaard.  Unlike Rodon though, 3/4th's of the Mets' arms were coming off surgery and so there was speculation that maybe something was up.  The White Sox and Rodon never revealed anything though and so spring training went on as scheduled.  Only now we have learned that Rodon is headed for an MRI due to "tightness" in his left biceps.  The White Sox did their best to tamp down any worries here as they said they don't believe there is any structural issues but until the MRI comes back, Rodon is not out of the woods.  Even without any structural damage, Rodon is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season and so a DL stint is in the cards here.  Rodon is one of those classic young and very hard-throwing arms that make for a classic Tommy John case and while this is not the issue here right now, it lends credence to the fact he is quite risky this season.  In addition, Rodon is one of those speculation picks where we anticipate a jump in production but that is not obviously guaranteed.  For now check back for some updates on Rodon's progress but downgrade him if you haven't drafted yet.


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