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Chris Sale wants to throw 200 innings this season

Feb 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

Chris Sale

Chris Sale logged 71 innings out of the White Sox bullpen in 2011 and hasn’t started a game since May of 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting the bar pretty high for his first season in the starting rotation.

According to Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com, Sale said yesterday that he wants to pitch 200 innings this season.

“It’s not a matter of whether I think I can. I want to,” said Sale. “That’s something that I want to push for because that’s what this team needs. I don’t really like to set goals or live up to expectations and stuff because I tried doing that last year and I failed miserably.”

It’s nice to have goals and all, but the chances of this actually happening are just about zero.

Though the White Sox don’t have a firm innings limit in mind for the 22-year-old left-hander, or at least one they are willing to disclose publicly, pitching coach Don Cooper told the Associated Press yesterday that they plan to monitor how many innings he’ll throw and “evaluate things as we’re going.” There’s no doubt that Sale has electric stuff, but one of the big unknowns is how his rail-thin frame will hold up to the rigors of pitching every fifth day in the majors.

Sale, who was selected 14th overall by Chicago in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, has a 2.58 ERA and 111/37 K/BB ratio over his first 94 1/3 major league innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Chris Sale wants to blow his elbow out and have Tommy John surgery.

  2. randygnyc - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    If I was Sale, my main concern during the offseason would have been weight gain (preferably muscle gain). He’s got to be one of the thinnest players in the league. Yes I know that slight figures in the past have been dominant (Pedro, Guidry, lincecum), but those are the exceptions to the rule. Skinny=fragility.

  3. pisano - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    randy….that was the first thing I thought of when I read this, in fact I thought he better gain about 20 lbs, but good luck to him at least he’s on the right track.

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