DETROIT — Looks like Chris Sale won’t face Justin Verlander on Tuesday night after all.
The White Sox are unlikely to start Sale, who is experiencing “general soreness,” manager Robin Ventura said on Monday. The White Sox open a four-games series against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Sale was expected to pitch Tuesday but Andre Rienzo is now the likely candidate as Sale hasn’t recovered enough coming off a start last Thursday in which he made a career-high 127 pitches. Ventura is hopeful Sale could be out only a short while because he has experienced similar soreness in the past.
“He’s always sore after he pitches, not in an alarming way,” Ventura said. “For right now that’s where we’re at. He’s sore so I would imagine he’s not pitching (Tuesday).”
Sale is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts this season.
Ventura said at this point he doesn’t believe the two-time All-Star needs an MRI. The White Sox have shut Sale down several times over his first two full seasons as a starting pitcher.
Last year, Sale didn’t pitch from May 17-June 2 because of soreness in his shoulder.
In 2012, Sale made one relief appearance from May 1-12 and then didn’t start from July 3-15, though he did pitch an inning in the All-Star Game in between. The team spent much of the latter half of 2012 monitoring the workload of Sale, who was in his first full season as a starter. Sale pitched 214 1/3 innings in 2013 and made 30 starts.
“We’ve done this in the past with him,” Ventura said. “We’ve given him a day when we can so you do have the possibility of doing it. We’ll know more tonight.”
Ventura said the White Sox are being extra cautious after Sale’s start against Boston on Thursday. Sale hasn’t hidden the fact he was sore after the start and opted not to make his side session in between starts.
“You’re totally aware,” Ventura said. “He said he just felt fine but he’s just sore, so, you just deal with it.”