If all goes according to plan, Chris Sale could be headed on a rehab assignment next week.
A day after he threw for a second time, manager Robin Ventura said Thursday the White Sox ace has another bullpen session scheduled on Saturday.
Sale, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 18 with a left flexor muscle strain, has continued to feel good as he rehabs, Ventura said. If that continues the White Sox could have a plan in place within the next few days, one would likely include at least two rehab starts in the minors.
“Over this weekend we’ll have a better idea,” Ventura said. “From (Saturday) you figure out how he’s feeling and then you make a plan from there. He’ll have to make a rehab start. Then you’re not going to just start him and have him go 80 pitches, it will probably be a short one to start out, see how he’s feeling and go from there.”
Sale is 3-0 with 2.30 ERA in four starts this season.
Now sidelined for 20 days, the team’s main goal has been to progressively rebuild Sale’s strength similar to spring training.
“A smaller sample, but yeah you do have to build him back up to where he feels like he can go back out,” Sale said. “It would be unfair to send him out there knowing he’s only going to go four or five innings. You just don’t do that with a guy like him.”