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Sox’ Rodon slips on dugout steps, lands on DL with sprained wrist

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon delivers against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Carlos Rodon hasn’t had it easy of late.

Already struggling on the mound, matters got worse for the White Sox starter on Friday when Rodon said he sprained his left wrist when he slipped on the dugout steps and attempted to break his fall coming out for the national anthem before the Sox’ 11-8 loss to the Braves.

On Saturday, the Sox placed Rodon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 6) and recalled right-hander Tommy Kahnle from AAA Charlotte. Kahnle, 26, is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in five appearances with the Sox this season. He’s 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA over 23 relief appearances at Charlotte.

Rodon, 23, is 2-7 with a 4.50 ERA over 16 starts in his second season with the Sox.

“It’s very frustrating,” Rodon said Saturday. “There’s not much you can do. (It’s) tough. I got my butt whipped by the Yankees (in his last start) and then I slipped coming out of the dugout.”

Manager Robin Ventura said Saturday that Rodon will not throw during next week’s All-Star break and will miss a start when the Sox return to action next weekend. Ventura said Jose Quintana next weekend’s series against the Angels in Anaheim.

“It’s unfortunate,” Ventura said. “Hopefully it’s not going to be anything that lingers past these two weeks. It’s something you deal with it and somebody else is going to have to fill his spot when we start back up after the break.”

Ventura said Rodon would likely have to make some sort of rehab start before he returns to the rotation.

Rodon, who said he will have to wear a brace for the next 7-10 days, said he hasn’t gotten much grief from his teammates over his slip-up.

“I’m not going to lie, I was a little embarrassed,” Rodon said. “I was like, ‘I hope no one saw that.’ I got out there and was like just laughing when the anthem was going on. I came back in and sat down and I was like, ‘uh, alright, this kind of hurts a little bit.’

“(It’s a) bad break, man, there’s nothing you can do. Trust me, I didn’t want this to happen either.”

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