White Sox get good and bad news on injuries

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Carlos Rodon pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 19, 2017 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The injury news Sunday was mixed for the White Sox.

Left-hander Carlos Rodon allowed one run in five innings Saturday for Class A Kannapolis, an encouraging step in his recovery from offseason surgery on his pitching shoulder. In a video posted on Twitter by Kannapolis, Rodon said: ‘‘It’s good to be back and playing some competitive baseball.’’

The Sox said Sunday that Rodon will join Class AAA Charlotte and start Thursday.

‘‘Mostly trying to feel good and get back and pitch another game,’’ Rodon said on the video. ‘‘I’m assuming I’ve got a couple of more [minor-league starts], maybe one more, hopefully. Looking at the beginning of June hopefully being back, but that’s out of my hands. That’s a decision for the club to make and what they need. We’ll go from there.’’

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The news wasn’t as good for outfielder Avisail Garcia. Garcia recently had an MRI exam that showed the strain in his right hamstring remains. He will receive platelet-rich plasma injections, and his rehab activities will be limited in the next three weeks. He is expected to return closer to the end of June.

Fry on fire

Reliever Jace Fry picked up his first major-league save, throwing a perfect ninth and extending his hitless and scoreless streak to 8 1/3 innings.

‘‘I’m just giddy inside, smiling,’’ Fry said. ‘‘I can’t believe that it actually happened, now that it’s all said and done. Just extremely grateful.’’

Fry has looked like a much different pitcher from the one who had a 10.80 ERA in 11 appearances last season. Manager Rick Renteria said Fry’s delivery and direction to the plate are cleaner.

‘‘One of the things that [pitching coach Don Cooper] talked about with him was cleaning up his direction to the plate, and I think they’ve done a really nice job to continue to move him forward with that,” Renteria said. “He’s commanding his secondary pitches very, very well. His breaking ball is very, very good, and he’s able to command his fastball. That’s basically it.’’

Fry has retired 25 of the 27 batters he has faced this season.

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