Sale expects to start Tuesday vs. Cubs


CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox hope ace left-hander Chris Sale will be ready to pitch Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

Sale missed his start against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday because of soreness in his left shoulder.

Sale wants to throw on Saturday and possibly have a bullpen session (usually 30 to 40 pitches ) prior to his Tuesday start.

"I would like to," Sale said responding to his off throwing program. "More so than a bullpen, I would just like to let it go. That would include some long toss and ramp it up to as close to 100 percent as I can. I wouldn't call throwing a bullpen a necessity, but I would like to do that after not throwing off the mound for 10 days. In my mind I am going on Tuesday. Just like anything else it is out of our hands."

Since coming up lame last week, Sale has been resting the arm while maintaining the rest of his strength and conditioning program.

"This was a precautionary move by us," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "It wasn't because we thought he would go out here and injure his shoulder. It was more if he was feeling any pain would he try to compensate or change his mechanics in some way that was going to lead to an injury."

Sale has been adamant about pitching on Tuesday, but if he is not ready Hector Santiago will be ready to pitch as the emergency starter. Santiago pithed in Sale's spot on Wednesday, allowing two runs on three hits in a loss to Boston.

Sale was coming off dominant starts against the Los Angeles Angels that included a one-hit shutout and on May 12 and another shutout on May 17.

Sale, who has eight quality starts which is tied for third in the American League, developed a sore elbow last May which put in motion a new strength and stretching program. The new program for Sale included a couple of six- to eight-day periods where he was backed up in the rotation rather than skipping a start.

"The only way this is comparable to last May is the self-reporting by the player and being straight with us," Hahn said. "That is what led to the course of action. We are responding to how he feels and altering his usage based on that."