Rodon to make first start Saturday, Samardzija to serve suspension

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By Colleen Kane contact the reporter

White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija can return from his five-day suspension on May 11 against the Brewers.

White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal and will begin serving a five-game suspension Wednesday night when the Sox take on the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

Samardzija was suspended for his role in the Sox’s brawl with the Royals on April 23. He starts the suspension after earning his second victory of the season Tuesday night against the Tigers, when he allowed two earned runs over seven innings.

Samardzija is set to rejoin the Sox on May 11 against the Brewers in Milwaukee and could pitch on five days’ rest.
Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who was also suspended five games, pitches Wednesday night against the Tigers but could drop his appeal the following day to begin his suspension.

Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon will make his first major league-start Saturday against the Reds. Right-hander Hector Noesi will pitch Friday and left-hander John Danks will pitch Sunday.

Rodon said he has grown more comfortable with pitching in the majors after making three relief appearances since he was called up April 20.

“Stepping up there the first time, looking down, and everything looked so big,” Rodon said. “The last couple of times, it was just taking a breath, realizing I’ve done this for a while. Obviously at this level it’s a little different, but it’s still baseball.”

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