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Chris Sale moving back into rotation, will start Saturday

May 11, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

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Seven days after announcing that they were shifting him from the rotation into the closer’s role, the White Sox revealed today that Chris Sale will start Saturday’s game against the Royals.

The original move was made by the White Sox field staff, but Sale lobbied GM Ken Williams to remain in the rotation and will get his way.

Williams said that an MRI on Sale’s elbow came back “clean and pristine” but that he’ll continue to be monitored. Sale will be expected to be honest about the state of his arm going forward. It was concerns about his elbow and his ability to hold up as a starter that prompted last week’s switch.

Sale was supposed to replace Hector Santiago as the White Sox closer, but now that appears to be Addison Reed‘s job. It probably should have been Reed’s role all along anyway.

Sale is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in five starts this season. He made one relief appearance after the move, giving up an unearned run in the eighth inning Tuesday and getting charged with a blown save.

  1. prosourcetalk - May 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Hell yeah

  2. jlovenotjlo - May 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    After listening to Robin and Don Cooper’s interviews on local talk radio this week, this outcome happening so soon is kind of hilarious. Both sounded very sure that Sale moving to the rotation at any point this season was doubtful at beast.

    Either way, this is fantastic news

    • jlovenotjlo - May 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      best… Freudian slip as Sale is a beast

  3. jwbiii - May 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    This is being portrayed as Kenny Williams giving Don Cooper a beating in the Chicago media.

    • gmsingh - May 14, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      It should be portrayed as Sale getting screwed with royally.

  4. dracko19 - May 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Shouldn’t the GM and head coach be consulting and working together on these issues? Kenny Williams is making Ventura look like a patsy. Maybe this is why Ozzie never got along with him and why CHI is a loser franchise right now

  5. randygnyc - May 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Hard to imagine the GM and manager and coaches cant get on the same page about the most talented arm in their organization. The worst thing they can do, next to misusing him into injury, is breaking this very young mans spirit.

  6. yahmule - May 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Ventura is in over his head. He should be managing in the low minors somewhere.

  7. Detroit Michael - May 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    “Sale will be expected to be honest about the state of his arm going forward.”

    Fat chance of that happening.

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