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Chris Sale benefits from the extra rest

Aug 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Chris Sale‘s velocity was down, he had a couple of bad starts and there was talk of the dreaded “dead arm.” But after some extra time off, Sale came roaring back last night. From

After hovering around 90 mph July 27 in Texas, concerns about Sale’s drop in velocity evaporated as the 23-year-old was consistently hurtling his fastball in the 93-95 mph range Monday.

And of course he was effective, allowing two runs on eight hits in eight innings and not walking anyone.

That’s good news for a guy who you sorta have to worry about at this point of the season. After all, he only threw 71 innings as a reliever last season, and already he’s up to 132. The White Sox need him to be effective down the stretch. Here’s hoping the one extended break is enough.

  1. lionsfan415 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Rush him back and then burn him out please Chi Sox

  2. silversun60 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Based on that picture it looks like he used the extra time to learn magic.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      I was thinking the Crane Kick from the end of Karate Kid. If he has a start against Cobra Kai, they are in for BIG trouble…

  3. - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    not walking anyone

    That’s because if you take a walk on the Royals you get sent back to Omaha.

  4. esracerx46 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    It took until the first pitch which was I think 94 for me to say hes back. The strike out pitch he got Alex Gordon on was 96. I still kind of wish theyd go for a 6 man rotation but Humber just wasnt cutting it

  5. legacybroken - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    It was the Royals let see how he does against Miggy and the Prince of Motown.

  6. headbanger33 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I thought Koko B. Ware patented that move.

  7. j0ey15 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    This guy is fun to watch I just hope he stays healthy and is able to keep up this pace year in and year out

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