Apr 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox place Chris Sale on 15-day disabled list

The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Chris Sale on the 15-day disables list with s flexor strain in his left arm. Charlie Lessman will take Sale’s place in the rotation and will start Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

Sale, 25, is 3-0 with a 2.30 earned run average in four starts for the White Sox who are one game back of the first-place Tigers with their 10-10 record.

It was hoped that Sale would not have to go on the disabled list and Sale would only have to miss one start, but the White Sox are once again taking the cautious–and correct–approach with their franchise arm.

Sale has averaged more than 200 innings in each of the past two seasons which resulted in him being named to the All-Star team with a 28-22 combined record in those two seasons, including a career-high 17 wins two seasons ago.

Sale threw 127 pitches in his last start against the Boston Red Sox, so hopefully for Sox fans this is nothing more than a flexor strain and Sale will be ready to pitch when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list.

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