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Chris Sale is headed to the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain

Apr 21, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

UPDATE: Dan Hayes of reports that Sale will be placed on the disabled list. He was diagnosed with a flexor muscle strain, but the good news is that an MRI showed no ligament damage. The hope is that he won’t have to miss more than 15 days.

6:13 p.m. ET: Dan Hayes of brings some potentially troubling news about White Sox left-hander Chris Sale:

Andre Rienzo is likely to fill in tomorrow night against the Tigers and Justin Verlander.

For all the concerns about Sale’s build and delivery, he has never been on the disabled list in his career. However, he was given a 10-day break from the rotation two years ago when the White Sox attempted to move him into the closer role. They reversed course after just one relief appearance. He also missed one start last season due to left shoulder tendinitis. The White Sox will have to hope that this is just a blip.

Sale, 25, is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings over his first four starts this season. He threw a career-high 214 1/3 innings last year.

  1. chc4 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Well that’s not good considering it’s only April 21st.

  2. nolasoxfan2012 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I’m sure there’s absolutely no connection to his manager letting him throw 127 pitches in his last start. Totally unrelated, right?

    • yahmule - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Unrelated, but unsurprising, given the intense stupidity of Robin Ventura.

    • deepstblu - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Cliff Lee threw 127 or 128 in his start before last, and it didn’t seem to hurt him last night. Of couse, his arm is fully matured…and he’s Cliff Lee.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        There’s really no comparison – you let Cliff Lee pitch until he’s ready to come out. But a competent manager would have protected a tall skinny injury-prone kid on a freezing cold night.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Plus it was a cold night. I’m with you – as it was happening I couldn’t believe it. All I could think was, you do realize that it’s only mid-April, right? Ventura is a cement-head.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    He should probably go ahead and get TJ surgery.

    Just to be on the safe side.

    • aresachaela - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      XD!! If it’s needed surely he needs to do it, but as for now we wait and see what happens. Surely there are some risks when pitchers do this kind of surgery.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      I realize at TJ surgeries are on sale and he could get a group discount; however, TJ surgery would not help as Sale has a strain in a very different body part.

      • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        I think flexor tendon surgery is going to be the next big thing. TJ is becoming too conformist.

      • nbjays - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Call it Chris Sale surgery?

      • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        jays – I think they’d have to call it Ben Sheets surgery before considering Sale as the namesake. Sheets had it twice.

  4. stex52 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    I hope the kid heals quickly and is back out there. Everyone seems to be waiting for him to go down injured with that whipsaw delivery. But he is an amazing young talent.

  5. cyclops1771 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Hey, number of pitches mean nothing, like all stats. Just go by feel of your gut. That’s how the game is played. Counting pitches is for nerd wannabes who want to feel part of the game.

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