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Chris Sale is still about 10-14 days away from a rehab assignment

May 5, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

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Just when Chris Sale could be ready to rejoin the White Sox remains a mystery, but he took a step in the right direction today. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, the southpaw threw 40 pitches in a light bullpen session and said he felt “much better than when we started this process.”

Sale has been sidelined since April 17 due to a left flexor muscle strain. The White Sox have played things close to the vest about a potential timeline for his return, but general manager Rick Hahn estimated today that a rehab assignment is possible in 10-14 days if he continues to make progress.

“I don’t see what is to be gained by (talking),” Hahn said. “It’s more art than science when you are starting to rebuild a guy back. Right now clinically he feels great and he’s progressing, but I don’t want to put a marker in the sand saying he’s going to do this on Day 4 because if for some reason he doesn’t do this on Day 4, it creates panic. In reality it’s just a natural process of rebuilding a guy’s arm strength.”

Sale, 25, posted a 2.30 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings over four starts prior to landing on the disabled list.

  1. earpaniac - May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Please, please don’t rush him. His mechanics already give me nightmares, and I really don’t want him to be the Sox’s Prior.

  2. happytwinsfan - May 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I don’t know why the White Sox are hitting so well, or if they’ll keep it up, but if they get Sale back and one or two of the other starters pitch in, they could be tough.

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