Just hours after being placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon opened up on Thursday about the possibility of Tommy John surgery.
Speaking to reporters, the 26-year-old freely admits that the potential for TJS is on the table and it’s a possible outcome he is more than ready to accept and face if it happens.
“Honestly, I’m only 26 years old, hopefully, I can play this game for 10 more years. I’m still fairly young”, Rodon said via The Daily Herald. “If it’s Tommy John, so be it to get me back on the field.”
Rodon almost seems to be resigned to a real potential for the surgery in his near future. The team hasn’t ruled it out either with general manager Rick Hahn saying “everything is on the table” at this point.
The 26-year-old southpaw, who carries a 5.19 ERA in 34.2 innings this season, will likely be evaluated further than receive a second opinion.
If TJS is the ultimate outcome for Rodon, he would be unlikely to return until the 2021 season.