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49 Chris Sale SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/180 | Birthdate: 3/30/1989 | Birthplace: Lakeland, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 12.68
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White Sox P Jeff Samardzija 'not proud' of brawl with Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija seemed at least somewhat regretful a day after leaving the bench to join a brawl with the Royals on Friday. 

"You're not happy about it, you're not proud of it," Samardzija said Friday, via CSN Chicago

Samardzija drew plenty of criticism for his role considering he wasn't pitching Thursday night, yet decided to engage in the scrum. According to the Chicago Tribune, multiple Royals players said they do not approve of Samardzija's demeanor in games.

"For me, I'm not a big fan of him," Lorenzo Cain said. "I don't know what the deal is.”

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was also among those ejected in the game. He said he wants to turn the page, saying his team is "not a fight club," according to the Tribune


Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


White Sox starter Chris Sale moves to 2-0 with win on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) White Sox starter Chris Sale improved to 2-0 on Saturday with six strong innings against the Tigers.

Sale allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six to earn the victory.

J.D. Martinez connected for a solo homer off Sale.

"Man, yeah, It really takes all the pressure off," Sale said about his run support. "You still have to perform and get through it. I don't think I've ever seen 12 runs before. It was impressive."

Sale's next start is schedule for Thursday against the Royals.


White Sox move up Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale in pitching rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With the White Sox gearing up for a three-game series against the Tigers, manager Robin Ventura moved up Jeff Samardzija's start to Friday, with Chris Sale starting Saturday, reports ESPN.com.

The White Sox have an off day Thursday after their two-game series against the Indians and Ventura is considering starting Jose Quintana on Sunday.

"There's a possibility [Jose Quintana] comes back there," Ventura said. "There's an off day so you can see him making that one, or you can have Hector Noesi at that point. There's a chance to be able to do that. As of right now, we don't know who that's going to be -- it's to be determined at this point."


White Sox ace Chris Sale strikes out eight, wins debut Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale picked up a win in his season debut Sunday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 6-2 victory over the Twins.

Sale (1-0) got a late start to the season due to a foot injury but looked to be in top form Sunday. His only blemish came in the third inning, when the Twins managed to wrap a pair of doubles around his first out of the inning; Sale came back to strike out the final two batters of the third.

"You learn to enjoy those kind of matchups when you're facing the best the game has to offer," Twins manager Paul Molitor said after the game, per MLB.com. "You know it's going to be challenging, but that's what players want to be. They want to be challenged. He's tough. He has got that funky delivery and arm slot and three plus-pitches."

The White Sox have a pair of off-days next week, so Sale's next start isn't set in stone, but he should be set to face the Tigers in Detroit next weekend.


White Sox reinstate Sunday starter Chris Sale from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and is set to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins.

Sale was unable to start on Opening Day due to an avulsion fracture in his foot, but he winds up missing only one start at the beginning of the seaosn. He is expected to be limited to six innings or about 90 pitches in Sunday's start.

The White Sox are favorites (-140) against the Twins Sunday.


White Sox send down Carlos Sanchez to clear space for Chris Sale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) In order to clear the way for ace Chris Sale on Sunday, the White Sox optioned second baseman Carlos Sanchez down to Triple-A Charlotte following Saturday's game against Minnesota, per ESPN. The 22-year-old Venezuelan prospect went 2 for 3 on April 8 -- his only appearance of the season.

Ventura: Chris Sale will be limited to six innings or 90-95 pitches


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) White Sox ace Chris Sale will not be used for more than six innings or 90-95 pitches, whichever comes first, manager Robin Ventura told reporters on Friday, per ESPN. On Wednesday, Sale was cleared to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins after missing Opening Day due to an avulsion fracture in his foot.

"If (the injury) was his arm, that would be one thing, but he's looked great in the past of just his mechanics and watching him in spring getting closer and closer to where he is now," Ventura said. "We're pretty happy with where he is now with that and you want to make sure you're not running him out there and not getting him overextended."


White Sox SP Chris Sale: 'I'm not hurt anymore'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) White Sox ace Chris Sale has been cleared to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins after missing Opening Day due to an avulsion fracture in his foot, MLB.com reports.

"It's behind me," Sale said of his foot injury Wednesday. "I was hurt. I'm not hurt any more. It's time to take the blinders off and run the race."

Sale wasn't able to face big-league hitters at any point during spring training, but he doesn't anticipate that being a problem moving forward.

"Knock on wood, I feel better than I have and it saves some bullets," Sale said. "I don't know how much emphasis I'm going to put on not having all the innings that some of the other guys have, but I'm hoping it means my arm just feels a little better than theirs does. Got to save a few bullets and hopefully they come out in October."

Sale finished third in the AL Cy Young voting last season after going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 208:39 K:BB ratio in 174 innings over 26 starts.


White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (foot) likely to start Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) After throwing 72 pitches over five innings during a minor-league game Monday, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale appears ready to start Sunday's game against the Twins, the team announced.

Sale is in line to start Sunday's game as long as there are no unforeseen adjustments to the starting rotation.

"He's ready to go," pitching coach Don Cooper said, per CSN Chicago.

Sale is starting the season on the 15-day DL with a foot injury.


White Sox place Chris Sale, Jake Petricka, Eric Surkamp on 15-day DL


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox have placed pitchers Chris Sale (foot), Jake Petricka (right forearm), and Eric Surkamp (back strain) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27, the team announced Sunday. 

Sale missed all of spring training after breaking a bone in his foot in late February.


White Sox pitcher Chris Sale strikes out 13 in rehab start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw six innings Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits with 13 strikeouts on 90 pitches against Class-A hitters.

"I felt really good. It was nice to get back on the mound and do what I am supposed to do, honestly," Sale told reporters after the outing, per MLB.com. "Stinks being on rehab the whole time so it was nice to be a pitcher again and be in a game situation. My breaking ball was kind of [lousy] today. I left it up a lot arm side, probably because I was rushing a little bit. But other than that, everything felt fine."

Sale is recovering from a foot injury suffered in late February and has thrown simulated games as a part of his rehab. He appears on track to make his regular-season debut April 12 and will make another start Monday in an attempt to throw about 100 pitches without issue.


White Sox ace Chris Sale to pitch in minor-league game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (foot) is slated to throw 90 pitches or six innings in a minor-league game Wednesday, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chris Sale takes fielding practice with White Sox pitchers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale took pitchers' fielding practice with the rest of the staff on Saturday, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.

Sale has been throwing simulated games and is nearing a comeback to game action after suffering a broken foot earlier in camp. 


White Sox SP Chris Sale could pitch in minors game in five days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (foot), who threw a short bullpen on Wednesday, threw a 75-pitch simulated game on Friday, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Sale is rehabbing from a broken foot, and called his outing a "big confidence builder." He could start in a minor-league game in approximately five days.

White Sox SP Chris Sale tosses short bullpen Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw a short bullpen session Wednesday as he continued to progress toward an April 12 debut, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Sale is rehabbing from a broken foot. He's tentatively scheduled to pitch three times in "game-like settings," with his first action expected to come in a simulated game Friday. He could also see time in a Cactus League game and one start in extended spring training before making his debut, if he continues to progress well.


White Sox's Chris Sale scheduled for bullpen on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, followed by a simulated game on Friday, according to ESPN.

Sale, who is working his way back from a broken bone in his right foot, will likely miss the start of the season, but is targeting a mid-April return.

"Sale looked fantastic the last time we worked on the little field," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "We got him up and down four times and he looked really good to where I said, 'Man, if we don't hit any stumbling blocks after this, I think we’ve got the 12th. I think we're fine for his start in Chicago.'"


White Sox pitcher Chris Sale expected to throw simulated game Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is continuing to progress back on the field from a foot injury. Sale was able to perform on-field drills Monday and is expected to throw five innings with 75 pitches of a simulated game Friday, reports MLB.com.

"Today is a good day, just getting him back out with everybody on the field," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "He's not running around necessarily, but just to get him back out is good for his psyche.

"To get him off the mound, would be good, too, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow. I would say simulated to be able to control it and make sure he's not overextended as far as covering bases and things like that. Just to get him off the mound and see a hitter would be good."


Chris Sale does running on field for White Sox, feels like a player again


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Chris Sale, out most of the spring with a fracture in his foot, is getting closer to a return. 

The White Sox pitcher was able to do on-field running on Monday. Sale said he enjoyed the chance to "feel like a real baseball player again," per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times.

Sale will do a bullpen session on Tuesday and pitch in some type of game situation--either real or simulated--on Friday. 


Chris Sale feels good after pitching White Sox BP, getting restless


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale said the he felt good a day after throwing batting practice.

Sale met with the media on Saturday morning and said his next step in returning from a right foot fracture would be doing mobility drills on Monday. 

"I could pitch right now," he said, per the Chicago Sun Times' Daryl Van Schouwen, "it's just the moving around part." 

Sale wants to face hitters in a game before the end of spring training, and he's getting restless waiting to return. "I've watched every episode of Breaking Bad in 18 days and I'm now starting to google knock-knock jokes," he said.


Chris Sale has bullpen session for White Sox, still on track


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Chris Sale continues to progress in his comeback from a right foot fracture. The left-handed pitcher threw a bullpen session on Friday, according to ESPN's Doug Padilla.

Sale was able to go full-out in his workout, and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he's on track to return. No return date was given for the return to the mound, however.


Danks, Sale put in work for White Sox


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/19/2015) Injured White Sox pitchers John Danks and Chris Sale both threw Thursday, per the Chicago Sun-Times, as they work to get ready for the regular season. 

Danks, who is continuing to stretch out his shoulder, threw a four-inning, 60-pitch session as part of his standard workout routine. 

Sale, who is recovering from a fracture in his right foot, played catch and stretched his arm. He is scheduled for another workout session Friday. 


Carlos Rodon may not win spot in White Sox rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon , the third overall pick in last year's amateur draft, made his third start of the spring on Monday. 

Rodon had a shaky first inning, giving up two runs on a hit, two walks and a hit batter. After allowing a hit to start the second inning, he retired the final six batters he faced, striking out three and lowering his spring ERA to 6.14. He threw 49 pitches, 28 of them strikes, in the outing. 

Rodon took a rotation spot after Chris Sale went down with a foot injury in the spring. And, while Sale is expected to miss at least a few starts in the opening weeks of the season, Rodon may not be the one to fill the spot.

Veteran RHP Brad Penny , who has a 3.52 ERA this spring, may get the call instead, because the White Sox don't want to send Rodon back down after Sale returns to the rotation.

“The last thing you want is: bring him up when he’s not ready just to throw him into a game and send him back down,” manager Robin Ventura told JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago. “But a guy like him, he works so hard to get to this point, you don’t want it to be a short stint, you want him when he comes up he’s ready to go and you keep him there.”

“He’s a horse,” Ventura said. “He goes out there, he’s big and strong, there’s all those things that you like to see in a pitcher that he has.”


Chris Sale returns to mound for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Chris Sale has been out for the last week with an avulsion fracture in his right foot. 

The injury is supposed to keep him off the field for the White Sox for at least another two weeks, but MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that Sale is moving around much better than before. He was able to throw lightly off a mound on Saturday for the first time since suffering the injury. 


White Sox announce Chris Sale won't pitch on opening day


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams said pitcher Chris Sale will not be available on opening day according to CSN Chicago. 

This isn't a surprise but more of a verification of what was thought to happen. Sale has an avulsion fracture on his right foot and is still expected to miss the next 10 days before picking up baseball activities again. 

It's possible for Sale to make his season debut on April 12 against the Twins.