Sale ThisClose to Returning
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Chris Sale, recovering from a fractured right foot, threw five innings and 72 pitches in a minor-league game yesterday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Sox pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that Sale will join the team in Kansas City today and will throw a side session Friday in Chicago.
Unless there is an unexpected turn of events, Chris is targeted to make his first start this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field in the home-opening series against the Twins.
Tomorrow Night’s Game
Off Day today. Tomorrow night it will be the White Sox vs. Royals (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for K.C.
In the season opener, Jose Abreu smashed homer No. 1, a 418-foot solo shot in the seventh inning (see Photo/Video of the Day), Micah Johnson singled for his first big-league hit and Melky Cabrera‘s first-inning single was the Sox’ first hit of the season in our loss to the Royals.
Quote of the Day
GM Rick Hahn on Sale’s progress:
“We are in a lot better position than we were…I’m not quite ready to exhale just yet until I see him back in between the lines. We are certainly getting a lot closer and Chris worked hard, Hermie (head athletic trainer Herm Schneider) worked hard. It’s good to have him on the precipice of returning this quickly.
“We’ll see how the weather cooperates here over the next couple of days and then make a determination once we get a full report on Sale’s health and where he’s at. In terms of the target date of having him back this weekend, this was the last hurdle. Based on everything I heard so far, it sounds like everything went well.”
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox roster includes 11 pitchers, four of whom are lefties, two catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders…The average age is 28.3 (28.1 for position players and 28.6 for pitchers) up from 27.8 in 2014. the starting rotation averages 28.3, compared to 28.9 for the bullpen…Adam LaRoche at 35 is the oldest player, infielder Carlos Sanchez, at 22, is the youngest and John Danks (2007-) is the longest tenured followed by Alexei Ramirez (2008-)…Sale, Nate Jones (Tommy John surgery), Jake Petricka (forearm strain) and Eric Surkamp (upper back strain) are on the disabled list…Johnson and Sanchez are the only rookies while Johnson, Matt Albers and Geovany Soto made the club as non-roster invitees to spring training.
Photo/Video of the Day
Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 06, 2015