Yankees’ Carlos Rodon looks ahead despite struggles in simulated contest

Carlos Rodon, player of the Yankees

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During a simulated game in Florida on Friday, New York Yankees southpaw Carlos Rodon endured a challenging outing as he allowed four home runs to minor league players over a span of three innings. The gusty winds only exacerbated the situation for Rodon.

Moving forward

Reflecting on the experience to ESPN, Carlos Rodon maintained a positive attitude, expressing his satisfaction in seeing his teammates succeed even if it meant conceding homers. He remarked, “I don’t want to give up homers, but I’m glad I give it up to our guys. Makes them feel good about themselves.”

The quartet of Josh Breaux, Agustin Ramirez, Ben Rice, and Jose Rojas each took Rodon deep during the session. Despite the setbacks, Carlos Rodon demonstrated resilience, striking out three of his final four opponents, including top prospect Spencer Jones, twice. Commenting on his late-game performance, Rodon noted, “I had some sequences there at the end… Got some work on curveballs and work on the cutter, so it’s good.”

Acknowledging the less-than-ideal outcome, Carlos Rodon emphasized the paramount importance of his health, particularly following a challenging 2023 season marred by injuries. In that season, he struggled, managing a 3-8 record with a bloated 6.85 ERA across 14 starts.

Now 31 years old, Carlos Rodon is in the second year of a substantial six-year, $162 million contract inked with the Yankees the previous winter. Despite the setbacks, Rodon remains focused on regaining his form in the Yankees and contributing to the team’s success moving forward.

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