White Sox Name Carlos Rodon Opening Day Starter

This marks Rodon's first Opening Day nod.

Bruce Levine
March 18, 2019 - 2:09 pm
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon

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(670 The Score) The White Sox have named left-hander Carlos Rodon their Opening Day starter, manager Rick Renteria announced Monday.

Rodon and the White Sox open the regular season at the Kansas City Royals on March 28. This marks the first time Rodon has gotten the Opening Day nod.

"He has been on a good trek here," Renteria said. "Hopefully, we will get a nice outing from him at the beginning of the season.

The White Sox have been pleased by the maturity of Rodon, who will be opposed by Royals right-hander Brad Keller.

"You are seeing a young man who has definitely been maturing," Renteria said. "I think he knows where he is at now. He has been around a while. He has approached this spring with an understanding of things he has gone through in the past. He is maturing and growing into a solid major league pitcher."

Rodon, 26, was 6-8 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 20 starts in 2018, when he didn't debut until June because of shoulder surgery at the end of the prior season. Arm and shoulder injuries in early on in recent seasons have prevented Rodon from being a candidate to get the ball in those openers.

Upon hearing this news, Rodon had an even-keeled approach.

"It has definitely been up and down for me so far," Rodon said of his career. "Last year and the year before were not so great. I was coming off an injury, coming off surgery. I just would like to prove I am good enough.

"I am just the guy who gets to go first. It is an honor. This doesn't mean I am better than anyone else. I think everyone on this staff has the potential to be the Opening Day starter. I was just the fortunate one."

In other White Sox news Monday, the White Sox optioned left-hander Aaron Bummer and right-hander Carson Fulmer to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned outfielder Charlie Tilson and left-hander Colton Turner to minor league camp. Fulmer was the White Sox's first-round pick in 2015 but has disappointed, posting a 6.68 ERA in 67 1/3 career innings at the big league level. He had an 8.07 ERA in nine appearances in 2018.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.