CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale was promised he would be turned into a starter one day and has no reason to believe the White Sox will go back on their word.
For now, though, he will wait until that day arrives and has vowed to remain focused on dominating in the back end of the bullpen.
“I’d like to give it a shot,” Sale said of starting again, like he did in college when the White Sox saw him and made him a first-round draft pick in 2010. “I’d like to get my shot at starting but hey, at the end of the day I really have nothing to complain about. The situation that I have been pitching in and the circumstances I’m in now seem pretty good to me and pretty fair. I’m enjoying every day of it.”
His chance could come as early as next season, thanks to the arrival or Addison Reed, who could eventually earn the setup role if he continues to progress into next season. A return to form from left-hander Matt Thornton would also help to assume some of the late-inning spots the lefty Sale has pitched in this year.
If the White Sox do make Sale a starter in 2012, Sale said he would be prepared for it, even if they waited until the last day before spring training to let him know. He would prefer to know earlier so he can use the proper workout program in the offseason.
“The only thing I would do different is obviously more long-distance running for a starter, doing that maybe three times a week or something like that,” Sale said. “And also, getting closer to spring training I would probably lengthen out my bullpens.
“Last year before spring training I was throwing two inning bullpens/simulated games. I would probably like to bump that up to three inning simulated games/bullpens before that just to be ready for before spring training.”