Sale fine without shot at All-Star start

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura was the latest to shoot down any notion of Chris Sale starting Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Kansas City, saying on Saturday that the rookie left hander will be limited to one inning of work for the American League team.

Ventura said he has input in how much Sale will be used, and it’s not a secret the White Sox have been mindful of his workload in his first season as a starter.

“Yeah, he won’t be starting that game -- unless he goes one [inning], which is unlikely,” Ventura said.

That’s just fine with Sale, although he said the thought of starting the All-Star Game had crossed his mind. He’s just grateful to be a part of the All-Star experience.

“I mean, it would be something that would be great but at the same time, I’m not going to sit here and complain about still being a part of the All-Star Game but not starting it,” Sale said. “It’s still an honor to be there.

Ventura said he has the framework in place for how the starting rotation will unfold for the second half of the season, although he wasn’t ready to reveal it on Saturday. Regardless, Sale figures to have 12-13 days between starts.

Right now, Sale is just looking forward to seeing Monday’s Home Run Derby up close.

“That’s always been one of my favorite things to do, to sit down and watch the Home Run Derby,” he said. “I do it every year. It’s fun watching guys hitting balls for miles.”