White Sox ace Chris Sale played catch prior to Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, a small step toward his return from a left flexor muscle strain.
Still, manager Robin Ventura said there's no timetable on Sale's return, which very well could come later than May 3 — the first day Sale would be eligible to come off the disabled list.
"He's going to have to do something before he gets back," Ventura said. "We're just not going to send him out there if he hasn't thrown and we're 100-percent positive he isn't feeling good."
Whether that something is a rehab assignment, simulated game, bullpen session or otherwise has yet to be determined. Ventura said that'll have to happen within the next three days — Sale's turn in the rotation comes Wednesday — for the left-hander to come off the shelf by the end of the week or early next week.
In four starts this season, Sale has a 2.30 ERA with 29 strikeouts, seven walks and one home run allowed in 27 1/3 innings.