The Chicago White Sox lost starting pitcher Carlos Rodon early Monday, but they found a way to rally and defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 at Miller Park.
Rodon exited after two innings with left shoulder soreness and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
“Once he came in, he just said he was feeling a little something in his neck and the ball wasn’t coming out of his hand right, which is what we could see,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said.
Despite the setback, the Sox won their fifth straight to improve to 6-4. Leury Garcia broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth, scoring on a wild pitch.
The Sox trailed 4-2 in the seventh when Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run to center off Corbin Burnes on a 3-0 pitch to tie the score.
“It was a very special moment and a fortunate moment for us,” Abreu said through an interpreter.
Abreu pointed to his previous at-bat against Burnes as essential. The two battled in the fifth before Abreu struck out on the 11th pitch.
“Those at-bats put you in a good position for next time you face the pitcher,” Abreu said. “That at-bat was the key for me to get a homer in the next at-bat.”
The Sox went ahead for good in the eighth. Garcia beat out the throw to first to avoid an inning-ending double play. Nomar Mazara, who was reinstated from the injured list earlier Monday, followed with a bloop single to left that moved Garcia to third. He scored when David Phelps threw a wild pitch on ball four to Nick Madrigal.
Yoan Moncada added a solo home run in the ninth and went 3-for-5.
“From the first moment he arrived here, you could see the special talent and player he would be,” Abreu said of Moncada, who’s batting .351 with a 1.036 OPS.
Now the Sox await the update on Rodon.
“I’m not going to speculate because I really don’t know what’s actually going on,” Renteria said. “So for me to speculate, long or short of it, we’ll wait to see what they tell us (Tuesday).”
He’s the second Sox starting pitcher to leave a game early because of an injury. Reynaldo Lopez left a July 26 start against the Minnesota Twins with two outs in the first inning because of tightness in his right shoulder. The Sox placed him on the 10-day injured list the next day.
Rodon allowed one run on three hits before leaving.
Monday marked his second start of the season. He allowed five runs on four hits in 3? innings in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians on July 28 at Progressive Field.
Rodon made seven starts in 2019 before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He went 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA and 46 strikeouts before the injury.
The No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, Rodon was limited to 12 starts in 2017 because of left biceps bursitis and left shoulder inflammation. He made 20 starts in 2018 after having offseason surgery on his left shoulder. And then came the Tommy John surgery that cut short his 2019 season.
If Rodon has to miss time, one possible replacement in the rotation could be Ross Detwiler. He pitched 1? scoreless relief innings Monday for the win. Detwiler has not allowed a run in 8? relief innings this season.
“I’m going into a role that I’m very comfortable with,” Detwiler said, “but if they ask me to start, I’ll try to go out there with the same mindset I’ve been having out of the bullpen now. It’s been working for me.”