Carlos Rodon Will Miss Opening Day Due to Injury

Carlos Rodon will begin the season on the injured list. The left-handed pitcher is dealing with a mild forearm strain and he will be shut down for a week. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman mentioned that Rodon has no UCL damage following an MRI. The subtraction of Rodon is a blow to the Yankees’ pitching staff as Frankie Montas is out following shoulder surgery. Those two join relievers Scott Effross, Lou Trivino and Tommy Kahnle who will be unavailable to begin the season.

The Yankees may open the season with a rotation including Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino, Domingo German, Clarke Schmidt and Nestor Cortes. Cortes had to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic due to a hamstring injury.

Carlos Rodon Injury Is A Huge Blow

Rodon was to appear at the top of the Yankees’ starting rotation alongside Gerrit Cole. The six-year, $162 million contract stood as a gamble on Rodon, giving his injury derailed 2022 campaign. That was only the second time where Rodon threw more than 140 innings, the first since 2016. Rodon missed the majority of 2017 due to bruised biceps and then shoulder surgery that September. He went back for another surgery in 2019, this time undergoing a Tommy John procedure. He returned at the tail end of the 2020 season with four appearances. Rodon was brilliant in 2021, earning his first All-Star appearance with a 2.31 ERA OVER 89 2/3 innings of work. Unfortunately, the injury problems led the White Sox to not offer him a contract heading into 2022.

Rodon managed to start 31 games for the San Francisco Giants last season, posting a 14-8 record with a 2.88 ERA, 1.028 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in a career-best 178 innings. Rodon has a 56-46 record with a 3.60 ERA, 1.239 WHIP and 947 strikeouts in 847 1/3 innings. If all goes well for Rodon, there’s a good chance he can still make his season debut sometime in April.

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Carlos Rodon, Frankie Montas, Scott Effross, Lou TrivinoTommy Kahnle, Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino, Domingo German, Clarke Schmidt, Nestor Cortes