Apr 6, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (49) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe the most important aspect of potential success for the 2014 Chicago White Sox isn’t how they are playing on the field at this very moment against teams from the National League in interleague games.
Winning those games is important, but what I have my focus on right now is the rehab process of one Chris Sale.
Just kidding, of course you remember the left-handed ace of the White Sox. Before straining his left flexor muscle last month, Sale was 3-0 with an ERA of 2.30 and a WHIP of 0.84.
Chris Sale was 3-0 before injury
Thus far in 2014, Sale has pitched in four games (27.1 innings), allowing seven earned runs and seven walks. he’s struck out 27 batters. He has been on the DL since (retroactive) April 18.
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As for his current rehab, CSN Chicago writes about the process:
"“Sale has continued to feel good as he rehabs, (White Sox manager) Robin Ventura said. If that continues the White Sox could have a plan in place within the next few days, one would likely include at least two rehab starts in the minors.”"
I like the sound of that process, and the fact the White Sox aren’t rushing him, even though they could really use Sale in the current rotation, is a very good sign for his long-term future.
Let’s hope Sale continues to progress with his rehab, and comes back rested and ready from the disable list, because when he does, the White Sox can hopefully step their level of play en route to the top spot in the AL Central.
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