“I will throw when I can throw.”
Carlos Rodon 메이저사이트 (31) signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the New York Yankees last winter. Rodon was drafted with the 3rd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2014 draft. He made his big league debut the following year, going 56-46 with a 3.60 earned run average while playing for the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants. The Yankees tried to build a more solid starting lineup by signing Rodon.
However, Rodon has never stood on the mound in a Yankees uniform. He suffered a back injury during spring training and is still recovering. It’s been more than a month since the major leagues started, but the time of Rodon’s return has not been set.
On the 6th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball, said, “Rodon will receive an injection treatment for his troublesome back early next week. He was optimistic that doctors would be able to treat chronic back pain,’ he said of Rodon’s physical condition.
Rodon also wants to get on the mound quickly. “I want to throw as fast as I can after I get the shot. When my body says I can throw and everyone else agrees I can throw. That’s when I’ll start throwing. I’m going to play for the Yankees.”
Players also have the desire to play, but it is still unknown when the injury will be cured. Rodon replied “I don’t know” to the question, “Is it realistic to return in July?” As Rodon said, it is expected that he will be able to return only when he “recovers completely.”
He hasn’t been training lately either. When he pitched in the bullpen, he stayed between 87 and 90 mph (140 and 144 km) in velocity. He’s very low compared to the past when he’s sprayed heavy balls for close to 100 miles (160 km). His control was also erratic.
If Rodon returns, the Yankees will build a one-two punch with Gerrit Cole. The team also hopes Rodon will come back soon. According to the media, when Rodon visited the clubhouse, the players hugged and greeted him, and Cole jumped up from the sofa and greeted Rodon with a loud voice.
“I want to pitch for the Yankees. I want to play with the players. I want to compete. It’s hard not to work,” said Rodon.