Carlos Rodon’s Yankees return date finally unveiled

Carlos Rodon is set to rejoin the Yankees soon.
Amanda Paula
Wednesday June 28, 2023

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During his weekly talk with Talkin’ Yanks podcast, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has confirmed that Carlos Rodon is set to make his debut in pinstripes at Yankee Stadium on Friday, July 7th, against the Chicago Cubs, unless there are any unforeseen circumstances.

Boone announced this on Tuesday, ahead of the Yankees’ loss in the opening series against the Athletics

Carlos Rodon has been recovering from a left forearm injury and a chronic back issue and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. He has one more rehab game on Saturday, where he aims to increase his pitch count to around 60 after throwing 48 pitches in his second rehab outing with Double-A Somerset last weekend.

What will be Carlos Rodon’s third rehab game?

On Friday, July 7th, Carlos Rodon will be making his debut for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
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The location for Carlos Rodon’s third and final rehab game is yet to be determined. Both Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Somerset are playing away games. Another possibility is High-A Hudson Valley, which is a 90-minute drive from New York City, although the level of competition there might need to be stronger. Alternatively, Rodon could travel to Bowie, Maryland, for a Double-A game or head to Syracuse for a Triple-A game.

Regardless of where he is, Rodon’s next game is scheduled six days after his previous one. This enables him to stick to his current routine and pitch for the Yankees as per their schedule.

Following Carlos Rodon’s debut, there will be a six-day gap before the Yankees’ final off day before the All-Star Game break. Despite the extended rest, manager Boone doesn’t anticipate any negative impact on Carlos Rodon’s pitching progression. The extra day off may benefit the left-hander as he prepares for his second MLB start.

Up Next

Carlos Rodon will make his debut for the team at Yankee Stadium on Friday, July 7th.
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The plan is for Carlos Rodon to pitch on the seventh day, marking the opening of the second half of the season against the Rockies in Colorado. To summarize the Yankees’ rotation for the next two rounds, assuming everything goes as planned:

  • Wednesday, June 28th: Domingo German against the Athletics 
  • Thursday, June 29th: Clarke Schmidt against the Athletics 
  • Friday, June 30th: Gerrit Cole against the Cardinals 
  • Saturday, July 1st: Luis Severino against the Cardinals 
  • Sunday, July 2nd: To be announced against the Cardinals (likely Randy Vásquez, with Jhony Brito returning to Triple-A to make room for pitcher Ian Hamilton) 
  • Monday, July 3rd: Domingo German against the Orioles 
  • Tuesday, July 4th: Clarke Schmidt against the Orioles 
  • Wednesday, July 5th: Gerrit Cole against the Orioles 
  • Thursday, July 6th: Luis Severino against the Orioles 
  • Friday, July 7th: Carlos Rodon against the Cubs

Diehard Yankees enthusiasts should take note of the much-awaited arrival of Carlos Rodon donning the team’s iconic pinstripes.

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