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White Sox planning to have Chris Sale in the rotation next year

Sep 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

Now that the White Sox’s playoff hopes have vanished they can begin looking forward to next season and general manager Ken Williams said yesterday that Chris Sale will get an opportunity to claim a rotation spot out of spring training.
Sale breezed through the minors after being drafted 13th overall in June, moving to the bullpen and reaching the majors just three months after finishing his career at Florida Gulf Coast College.
He’s been nearly unhittable as a reliever with a 1.10 ERA, .179 opponents’ batting average, and 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings, but Sale was a starter in college and Williams made it clear that the White Sox would smartly like to give him a chance to contribute for 200 innings a season before locking him into a 60-inning role.
Sale’s odds of being in the Opening Day rotation could hinge on Jake Peavy’s recovery from shoulder surgery and Williams indicated to Scott Merkin of MLB.com that the White Sox may still look to limit Sale’s workload by shifting him back to the bullpen at some point in 2011.

  1. Trevor B - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    I hope he makes it to the rotation and dominates, and I’m even a Twins’ fan! This guy gives hope to tall, lanky, skinny guys everywhere!

  2. Mr. Heyward - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Randy Johnson. Tim Lincecum.

  3. Trevor B - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Sale makes Johnson and Lincecum look like lards.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Any of you recently resuscitated Reds fans remember Tom (10-1) Hall, AKA “The Blade”?
    .
    Having Ken Williams making these announcements without reference to his slobbering (and probably ex-) manager makes me nervous. I keep seeing weird signs in the sports blogs and the Coriolis effect that Ozzie is heading towards Macondo. Not good. Not good.

  5. geoknows - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I’ve seen Sale pitch three or four times now and am thoroughly convinced that his arm will fall off someday. That is just about the ugliest delivery I’ve seen in a long time.

  6. Trevor B - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    And Lincecum’s delivery is pretty? Some guys just have strange deliveries but it seems to work.

  7. dougchristy - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    It is admittedly a minor point but, for the record, he went to Florida Gulf Coast University, not Florida Gulf Coast College (no such school exists). If you’re going to include such minor facts about a player, the least you can do is get them correct. And, no, I didn’t attend Florida Gulf Coast University nor am I associated with Florida Gulf Coast University in any way.

  8. JBerardi - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Good for the white sox he’s in the majors now, then.

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