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White Sox’s new closer Chris Sale has a sore elbow, still wants to be a starter

May 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Chris Sale AP

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Jim Bowden of XM Radio that Chris Sale will undergo an MRI exam on his sore left elbow.

Last week the White Sox cut short Sale’s transition to the rotation and moved him back to the bullpen as their new closer, with manager Robin Ventura saying he’d fill the ninth-inning role for the remainder of the season.

Sale made his first relief appearance of the season last night and blew his first save, although it was in the eighth inning and he entered the game with two runners on base and no outs.

Meanwhile, Cooper has indicated that Sale’s move to the bullpen is less set in stone than Ventura claims and Sale himself has repeatedly made it very clear that he’d rather be starting.

He reiterated that desire yesterday, telling Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times:

Starting is something I hope I can get back into. We’ve been kind of talking back and forth. There’s a possibility of it. Not ruling it out is the best way to say it.

Part of the issue is that Sale has had a sore arm and there are questions about his mechanics potentially making him likely to break down as a starter, but he went 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio in five starts before the White Sox made the switch.

Toss in the fact that rookie Addison Reed looks more than capable of becoming the White Sox’s long-term answer at closer and giving Sale the opportunity to show that he can thrive as a full-time starter makes too much sense not to happen again eventually. Assuming, of course, that he doesn’t already have a major elbow injury.

  1. prosourcetalk - May 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    What a goddamn disaster. Just shut him down for a week or two, make Reed the closer, and when you bring Sale back, keep him in the rotation. Its really not that difficult.

    • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      /\ /\ /\ That.

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Well, its the White Sox…After seeing the moves they made during the offseason, they have to some how top it all off.

  2. yahmule - May 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Robin Ventura requires all other options to be removed from an equation to make the correct decision.

    • El Bravo - May 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Clearly. Moving Sales in the first place if f@cking stupid. He literally is their second best starter right now and he’s been moved to the pen? Dumb.

  3. randygnyc - May 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    What’s with all the elbow injuries? Seems like there’s been an inordinate amount the last 2 years.

  4. whittle79 - May 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Get some rest sale come back an be the number 1 starter or 2. I don’t care just start.

  5. esracerx46 - May 10, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    This sounds like something the Mets would….wait wasn’t Ventura a Met?

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