There’s some good news coming out of New York Yankees camp about starting pitcher Carlos Rodón.
He’s progressed to throwing a 15-pitch bullpen session at the Yankees complex — all fastballs, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Rodón was sidelined after being diagnosed with a mild elbow strain two weeks ago. He experienced the discomfort during his start against the Atlanta Braves earlier this month after starting a pitching program on March 17.
“The last few days have been pretty good,” Boone told MLB.com. “That’s been encouraging. As he’s gotten into his throwing program and how he’s bounced back, each day has been good so far. Hopefully, each day goes well and we keep moving [forward].”
For now, the two-time All-Star is expected to return mid to late April. Rodón had experienced a similar injury last season, but said he had pitched through it.
He should be pitching an additional bullpen in the coming days.
The Yankees acquired Rodón this offseason and signed him to a six-year, $162 million deal that included a no-trade clause.
Rodón finished his 2022 campaign with the San Francisco Giants with a 2.88 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 178 innings.
His 11 double-digit strikeout games were the most in a season in Giants history.