We all have bad dreams. We don't necessarily all have dreams about shoulder surgery, though. That's what made Carlos Rodon's nightmares eerily prophetic. The White Sox starting pitcher had shoulder surgery at the end of last season, an injury-plagued campaign that saw him make his first start on June 28 and log only 69.1 innings before being shut down. Recovering from that surgery, he has no idea when he'll debut in 2018, but the possibility exists he could again miss months' worth of action. In other words, a nightmare come to life for the 25-year-old lefty. "You kind of have nightmares about it," Rodon told NBC Sports Chicago's Chuck Garfien in a 1-on-1 interview this past weekend at SoxFest. "I remember a couple years (ago) — it happened every once in a while — I had a nightmare that I had surgery or something. You wake up and you're like, 'Oh!' You know how vivid, sometimes, your dreams are. And you're looking at your arm, and I'm like, 'Oh, I'm fine.' "I never thought I'd see the day that I'd have surgery, not trying to be dramatic. Luckily it wasn't anything major. It wasn't as a big of a deal as my dreams made it, I guess." Rodon's health has become one of the bigger question marks of the White Sox rebuild. Taken with the third pick in the 2014 draft — before the announcement of the rebuilding efforts after the 2016 season — the South Siders have long envisioned the North Carolina State product as an ace of the future. Those hopes are nowhere close to dashed, of course. When Rodon was able to stay on the mound last season, he showed flashes of brilliance. In his final eight starts, he turned in a 3.49 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 49 innings. That stretch included a pair of 11-strikeout outings against the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox.
Carlos Rodon's shoulder surgery was literally a nightmare come true
NBC Sports Chicago | Jan 30