A bizarre dugout injury has landed Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon on the 15-day disabled list.
Making his way onto the field for the national anthem before Friday night's game against Atlanta, Rodon stumbled on the dugout steps and sprained his left wrist while bracing his fall.
"I was a little embarrassed. I was like, 'I hope no one saw that,'" Rodon said Saturday. "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, all right, this kind of hurts a little bit.'"
Added White Sox manager Robin Ventura: "He's not too graceful."
The DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday. Rodon was tagged for six runs and a season high-tying 12 hits over five innings in a 9-0 loss to the New York Yankees a day earlier.
It's been a rough week.
"I got my butt whipped by the Yankees and then I slipped coming out of the dugout," Rodon said.
An X-ray ruled out a fracture, but Rodon said he'll have to wear a wrist brace for at least a week. While Rodon said he hopes to avoid a minor-league rehab stint, Ventura suggested one is likely.
"He would have to do something as far as throwing pitches," he said. "You are not going to come in after two weeks. I don't know when he's going to start back up actually throwing."
Right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. He has a 6.23 ERA in five appearances with Chicago this season.
The White Sox will likely have to bring in a starter for a six-game trip to the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle after next week's All-Star break.
The 23-year-old Rodon is 2-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 starts. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft out of North Carolina State is winless in his last seven starts.
Rodon said he's learned a valuable lesson for his national anthem routine.
"I'm going to go a little slower next time," he said.