Carlos Rodon To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

The White Sox hope that Rodon can return for the second half of the 2020 season.

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 pm

(670 The Score) The injury hits just keep coming for the White Sox in the third season of their rebuild.

Left-hander Carlos Rodon will undergo Tommy John surgery, general manager Rick Hahn said Monday afternoon. Rodon was placed on the injured list with elbow inflammation on May 2, and after a series of medical evaluations, the decision was made to move forward with surgery. The White Sox's hope is he can return for the second half of the 2020 season. Rodon is expected to undergo surgery this week.

Beyond that, oft-injured reliever Nate Jones is also done for the season after undergoing flexor mass surgery Monday to address his forearm ailment and outfield prospect Micker Adolfo will miss the rest of the season, as he needs arthroscopic surgery on his elbow. The expectation is Adolfo will be ready for the start of the 2020 season.

Rodon, 26, has struggled this season, posting a 5.19 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in seven starts. This is the latest and most significant injury in Rodon's long history of health woes. He started just 12 games in 2017 due to elbow and shoulder problems, then underwent shoulder surgery that September, which delayed the start of his 2018 season, when he made 20 starts.

Jones had a 3.48 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the White Sox this season. He made 71 appearances in 2016 but has encountered significant injury woes each of the next three seasons.

In better injury news, rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez will make a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday as he recovers from an ankle sprain. He could rejoin the big league team when it travels to Houston next Monday to start a road trip.