The New York Yankees, who have fallen to the bottom of the planet, have yet to use a pitcher they acquired as a free agent with a huge amount of money. A month has passed since the season began, but there is no promise for the return of left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon (31).
According to ‘MLB.com’ on the 3rd (Korean time), Rodon’s return was delayed again due to discomfort in his back. He even pitched in the bullpen at the Yankees club facility in Tampa, Florida, USA, but his physical condition is not progressing.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “Rodon is not getting over the last hurdle. He pitches the ball off the mound, but is still in poor shape. His elbows and shoulders are fine. He is pain free but he is not technically capable of dynamic movement. Rodon is also frustrated with the situation,” he said. “We will seek further medical advice.”
Rodon was put on the injured list with a sprained left elbow after being hit with 6 hits (2 homers), 1 walk, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 5 runs in 2 innings against the Atlanta Braves in an exhibition game on March 6. He had similar pain when he was with the San Francisco Giants last year, and was not included in the season opening rotation to prevent a recurrence.
At the time, Rodon said, “I didn’t just come to pitch in the first half. He came in October to throw when the team needed it,” he said. The Yankees team also expected Rodon to return in April, but he did not appear even in May. A sprained elbow followed by a back injury put his Yankees debut on hold. It’s fortunate that his elbow condition is fine, but the timing of his return is still uncertain. 스포츠토토
The Yankees have a win rate of more than 50% with 16 wins and 15 losses until the 3rd, but they are in the fifth place in the Eastern Division of the American League (AL), where strong teams are lined up. While key hitters such as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Josh Donaldson have been sidelined with injuries, the gap between Gerrit Cole and Rodon, who was expected to become a starting one-two punch, is also regrettable.
Rodon, a left-handed fastball pitcher who was nominated by the Chicago White Sox with the 3rd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2014 draft, has recorded 56 wins, 46 losses, an average ERA of 3.60, and 947 strikeouts in 8 seasons since his major league debut in 2015. . He suffered from shoulder and elbow surgery at the beginning of his career, but from 2021, his potential exploded with double-digit multipliers for two consecutive years.
Rodon, who signed a two-year, $44 million contract with San Francisco last year, had his best season with a personal record of 178 innings in 31 games, 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA and 237 strikeouts. Rodon, who was eligible for free agency again by opting out, signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Yankees and hit the free agency jackpot. However, from the first year of his transfer, as his injury hiatus became longer, he was on the verge of declining to become a scammer.