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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Team will pick up slack without Sale

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The news of Chris Sale having to miss a start did not shake up the Chicago White Sox, who have made a habit of competing shorthanded all season long.

The injury hex started in spring training when it became apparent that rehabbing starter John Danks was not going to be ready in time to get big league hitters out. Danks, who is returning from shoulder surgery last summer, most likely will make his first start Friday against the Miami Marlins.

Gavin Floyd was lost for the season (and maybe for good) with elbow surgery and position players Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham went down in the second week of the season.


Viciedo finally returned from an oblique strain a week ago, but Beckham is still rehabbing after surgery to remove a fractured Hamate bone in his hand. All of this leads back to Sale, who was coming off of two dominant performances against the Angels when he came up lame.

“I fully intended on coming out here tomorrow and throwing,” Sale said after Tuesday’s game. “(My shoulder) didn’t feel right. It was one of those things I thought I could pitch through, I have pitched through some soreness. I was advised I wouldn’t.”

The White Sox, winners of seven out of their last 10 games, will ignore the loss of their ace and concentrate on completing the sweep of Boston.

“I think the guys we have here are able to block things out and do what they are able to do,” said Alex Rios, who drove in Chicago’s third run Tuesday. “We get young guys like (Jose) Quintana battling every night like he did tonight. (Dylan) Axelrod has been throwing the ball well too, so we are good with whoever goes out there.”

Sale suffered a sore elbow last June, but the Sox medical and training staff came up with a masterful routine of strength and stretching exercises to keep him strong and flexible. Meanwhile the baseball staff helped get Sale extra days off in between starts during the entire month to lighten his workload.