The prior week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the American League making history. A pitcher will undergo season-ending surgery. A starting pitcher in the National League is placed on the injured list.
Chicago White Sox Starting Pitcher Carlos Rodon Tosses No-Hitter
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2021
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon made history in his last start against the Cleveland Indians as he tossed a no-hitter.
Your daughter just watched you throw a no-hitter. It doesn't get better than that! pic.twitter.com/JqmlfkPXOS
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 15, 2021
Rodon almost threw a perfect game, but he hit Roberto Perez in the foot with one out in the ninth inning.
Rodon was stellar in this outing as he struck out seven batters on 114 pitches (75 strikes), generating 14 swings-and-misses and yielding just five fly-ball outs.
He is the first American League pitcher to win his first two starts of a season while surrendering no more than two hits, per Stats By Stats.
Carlos Rodón through 2 starts this season for the @whitesox:
2 hits allowed
He's the first pitcher in American League history to win his first 2 starts of a season while allowing no more than 2 hits.
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) April 15, 2021
The no-hitter by Rodon had to be special for him, considering what he has dealt with the past couple of seasons.
He had shoulder surgery in September 2017 and underwent Tommy John surgery in May two years later.
Rodon is the first MLB pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter within two years after having Tommy John surgery, per Stats By Stats.
Carlos Rodón of the @whitesox had Tommy John surgery on May 15, 2019. Tonight he threw a no-hitter.
He's the first MLB pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter within 2 years after having Tommy John surgery.
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) April 15, 2021
The White Sox as a franchise has thrown 20 no-hitters thanks to Rodon, most of any AL team.
Rodon had a special night, and it could be the beginning of a special season for the left-hander.
Seattle Mariners Starting Pitcher James Paxton Will Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton will undergo season-ending surgery, Mariners manager Scott Servais mentioned several days ago, per Corey Brock of The Athletic.
Mariners manager Scott Servais confirms that James Paxton is headed to season-ending surgery.
— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) April 13, 2021
Servais did not mention the type of procedure that Paxton would have, but Tommy John surgery was recommended to the left-handed pitcher last week.
If Paxton does have Tommy John surgery, it will sideline him for the rest of the 2021 campaign and the first couple of months for the 2022 season.
The Mariners had placed Paxton on the injured list with a left forearm strain on April 7, one day after he was removed from a season debut throwing 24 pitches.
Paxton had signed a one-year, $8.5-million deal with the Mariners during the offseason after making just five starts with the New York Yankees in 2020.
Paxton was sidelined most of last season due to an elbow injury.
San Francisco Giants Starting Pitcher Johnny Cueto Placed on Injured List with Lat Strain
The San Francisco Giants have placed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto on the injured list with a lat strain, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Johnny Cueto has a grade 1 lat strain that'll put him on the 10-day IL. Move to come tomorrow.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) April 15, 2021
The Giants mentioned that Cueto has a Grade 1 strain beneath his pitching shoulder.
The injury to Cueto is significant for the Giants as he started the 2021 season strong.
The right-hander compiled a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings with 18 strikeouts, four walks issued, zero home runs allowed, a 1.96 FIP, and 0.85 WHIP.
A lat strain can be a weird injury for pitchers, as some return to the mound in a couple of weeks, and in other instances, it takes pitchers longer to come back.
The Giants should take a cautious approach and allow the injury to fully heal, as you do not want to make the injury worse by bringing him back too soon.
- Chris is a New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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