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.
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