Carlos Rodon makes progress as White Sox continue rehab with caution

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CLEVELAND -- Pitcher Carlos Rodon has made steady progress over the past two weeks, but he has yet to throw off a mound.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that Rodon will remain on his throwing program in Glendale, Ariz. and is set to be re-evaluated when the club returns home next week.

Rodon began the program 15 days ago after a he experienced bicep tightness and shutdown all activity. Last week, general manager Rick Hahn said he thought Rodon might begin throwing off the mound sometime this week. Renteria said he isn't sure what the plan calls for before Rodon is re-evaluated when White Sox begin their next homestand on April 21.

"He's doing good," Renteria said. "He felt good. Just read the report. Threw. He's going to continue to progress. I think we'll re-evaluate him when we get back home.

"He's doing good. He's moving along positively since we've had to make the adjustment with him. He's feeling good."

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On the 10-day disabled list to start the season, Rodon began the spring on a slow throwing program with the intention of combating the fatigue he experienced last July. He made his first exhibition start March 19 and threw 65 pitches over four scoreless innings, striking out five.

But four days later, Rodon felt tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Rodon was cleared to return after he passed a series of tests and started to throw on March 27. But Hahn suggested on April 3 that the White Sox would remain extremely cautious with their young left-hander. He said where Rodon's reset began isn't dissimilar to pitchers at the start of spring training and suggested it could be a 5-6 week process. Even so, Hahn expressed optimism that Rodon was on the right path.

"Carlos is on his throwing program," Hahn said on April 3. "The 10th will be two weeks. He's been throwing off of flat ground, he says he feels real good. If that continues to be the pace he's on, we'll starting getting him off a mound around the 10th with a specific program for him which will include a rehab assignment at some point...

"Knock on wood, health permitting, I don't necessarily see it taking the full six, like a normal spring training. But again, we're going to take our time on this one. If there's the least bit of discomfort or any stuff like that, we're going to take a step back and start this thing over. As I told Carlos directly, there's zero reason for us to rush through this."

Renteria also said that Dylan Covey will make his first start on Friday at the Minnesota Twins. A Rule 5 pick, Covey has built up by throwing in the bullpen and on Saturday he traveled to Glendale and threw 85 pitches in a start in extended spring training.

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