Sale was in line to face off against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in the opener of an interleague series Monday. The White Sox now say Sale will pitch opposite Padres lefty Eric Stults at home Sunday in the finale of the homestand.
"I know people would probably like to see that matchup, but we’re thinking about it for us and him, getting back out there as quick as you can without rushing him, too," manager Robin Ventura said. "So, this makes sense for us and him, and it has nothing to do with whether it was a (marquee) matchup and how he was going to pitch in L.A.”
Sale threw just 40 pitches in his previous outing Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians, as he was removed after a nearly two-hour rain delay.
Instead of waiting for the other four White Sox starters to take their turns in the rotation, Sale will interrupt that order, but still will be starting on a full complement of four days of rest because of Thursday's off day. Jose Quintana is no longer listed as the White Sox starter Sunday and is expected to pitch Monday in Los Angeles.
"Whenever they need me or my name is called, I’m going out there," Sale said. "It just so happens to be Sunday, which for me makes sense because I only threw three innings. So go out there on regular rest and get it going, try to find a groove.
Sale is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA this season, missing five weeks because of a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. Since his return, he has given up just one hit over nine innings in starts against the New York Yankees and Indians.
Going back to his final start before going on the disabled list, Sale has given up one run on two hits over his last 16 innings.