Ventura: Sale to return within a week
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago White Sox will continue to take their time working left-hander Chris Sale back into their rotation; manager Robin Ventura said on Monday the rookie would return to the team's rotation in another "five or six days" after the team decided on Sunday to give him a break from pitching.
Sale has thrown 124 innings in his impressive first season as a starter. That's the most he's thrown as a professional, and Ventura said Sunday that Sale could be battling fatigue.
The White Sox acquired Francisco Liriano from the Twins on Saturday, and the left-hander will face his former team in his first start with Chicago on Wednesday. That helps the White Sox give Sale more time to rest; they could briefly use a six-man rotation, and at the very least, Sale will be out of the rotation for a start.
"It wouldn't be a bad thing for him to have that time off, just to get kind of refreshed and ready to go again," Ventura said.
He added pitching coach Don Cooper is looking at different options to set up the White Sox's rotation and whether Sale could come back this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.