AUDIO + PHOTOS: Rodon's Return

ZEBULON, NC -- Former NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon returned home Tuesday in a rehab assignment with the Winston-Salem Dash.

INTERVIEW: Carlos Rodon MP3 File (3:47)

Carlos Rodon is trying to return to the Major Leagues. His journey back to Chicago had a stop near his home.

The Holly Springs, North Carolina native and all-time strikeout leader in NC State history made a rehab start for the Winston-Salem Dash on Tuesday and it just so happened that the venue was Five County Stadium in Zebulon as the lefty took on the Carolina Mudcats.

Rodon, currently on a 75-pitch limit while he recovers from bursitis of the left shoulder, pitched 3.1 innings before being pulled in the 6-3 loss to the Mudcats. He allowed five runs on four hits while walking two. The lefty recorded his first six outs via strikeout, including a 10-pitch first inning where he struck out the side.

"I felt good," Rodon said. "Arm felt good, felt strong. It was good to get out there and pitch again. It's been a little while."

Former NC State outfielder Jake Fincher hit an inside the park homer for the Dash in the contest. Three members of the Wolfpack team that reached the College World Series are currently in the White Sox organization. Rodon and Fincher are joined by Brett Austin, a third round pick in 2014 currently with the Birmingham Barons in Double-A.

NOTE: Photos courtesy of Joe Weil/Winston-Salem Dash... special thanks to Brian Boesch.

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