Chris Sale’s rehab outing is important for White Sox


May 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) speaks prior to a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Here is some good news finally when it pertains to the Chicago White Sox and ace left-handed pitcher Chris Sale.

The two-time All-Star will make his first rehab start on Thursday, in Triple-A, as a member of the Charlotte Knights. The Knights will be facing the Durham Bulls.

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times tweeted yesterday the following:

"“Chris Sale (left flexor muscle strain) will pitch for AAA Charlotte Thursday at Durham. Will be his first game action in 28 days.”"

With the White Sox having an off day on Thursday as well (their next series is in Houston over the weekend), this could possibly be must-watch, or must-find out what’s happening baseball for White Sox fans.

This really needs to be a successful outing for Sale, as it is believed he’ll need two rehab outings before returning to the Majors for game action.

This season, Sale is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.30 and 29 strikeouts.

The White Sox really need this to be a success, for one reason being he’s missed almost a month of the season, and nobody on the White Sox pitching staff has more than three wins, with John Danks and Andre Rienzo also having three wins as starters.

Let’s just say he’s missed in the rotation.

The ERAs of Danks and Rienzo are both over 4.50, and reliever Daniel Webb has three wins with a 3.00 ERA in relief.

Fans of the White Sox really need the next couple rehab outings to be productive for Sale, because if they aren’t there could be more days without the ace of the pitching staff, and nobody wants to see that.

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