CHICAGO -- One day after getting thumped by their crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox remained stuck in the mud when Tuesday night’s game was postponed.
Chris Sale, making his first start in 11 days because of tendonitis in his left shoulder, went three innings before the monsoon hit, giving up a two-run home run to Welington Castillo. A day earlier the Cubs beat the White Sox 7-0 in the first game of the season between the teams.
The good news for Sale is that because the game is postponed instead of suspended, all stats are null and void meaning the left-hander’s 23-inning scoreless streak is reinstated.
Sale threw just 37 pitches and the White Sox are thinking of having their staff ace pitch earlier than Sunday, which would have been his regular turn in the rotation.
“The benefit is we know that he’s OK right now,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “He got through the outing. And we’re going to sit on it and think if we’ll we bring him back Saturday or normal day Sunday. We haven’t decided that. We’re going to talk about it more.”
Sale would have no objection to returning Saturday at Oakland. In that scenario, Jose Quintana would get bumped to Sunday’s game and get an extra day of rest. There seems to be no real benefit to that, though, since Sale would have the same amount of starts before the next off day on June 13 whether he pitches Saturday or Sunday.
“Yeah, I think we're going to discuss that,” Sale said. “I don't know when a decision is going to be made, but I'm game for anything. I pretty much look at this (outing) as an extended bullpen. I don't think I threw more than 40 pitches. I should be able to bounce back pretty quick.”
The White Sox did not announce when the game would be made up. The teams do have a mutual off day on June 24.
Manager Robin Ventura said there was no talk of playing Wednesday’s game at Wrigley Field in the afternoon and then making up the postponed game at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night. But it’s not out of the question that the two-parks-in-one-day scenario could ultimately happen.
“In the next couple of days you never know what’s going to happen,” Ventura said about the two afternoon games upcoming at Wrigley Field. “It could happen. It’s happened at other places so it wouldn’t be out of the question I’m sure.”
Essentially, Ventura is saying that if one of the games gets rained out at Wrigley Field this week, a split doubleheader at the two parks could be a possibility on a day like June 24. But all of that talk is premature.
Instead both teams will focus on the series shifting to the other side of town, with the White Sox sending John Danks (0-0, 4.50 ERA) to the mound in his second start of the season. The Cubs will counter with Scott Feldman (4-4, 2.80).