The Chicago White Sox have one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in Chris Sale, even if he does not always get the credit for it that he deserves. As such, the team cannot afford to lose him for any stretch of time if they hope to hang around in the early portion of the 2014 season.
For now Sale will not be placed on the disabled list, but he is expected to miss his next regular start on Tuesday of this week. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com:
But White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated that Sale, 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts this season, was experiencing “general muscular soreness,” and it was enough to, at the very least, flip Sale to Wednesday night…
“‘…It could be more [days]. I’m hoping it’s a day,’ said Ventura. ‘He’s always sore after he pitches, not in an alarming way. For right now, that’s where we’re at. He’s sore, so I would imagine he’s not pitching tomorrow.’”
It sounds ominous, and it is not clear if the “general muscular soreness” is unrelated to his throwing arm or if the White Sox are just declining to say that it is his arm at this point.
The baseball world took notice this week when Sale threw 127 pitches against the Boston Red Sox this past week, so it will be a bugger for the White Sox to deal with in more ways than one if Sale misses more time.