DETROIT -- Chris Sale thinks he has improved even though he won’t know how much his flexor muscle strain has healed until he starts to throw again.
But for now the White Sox pitcher, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, can sense his condition is better. Six days after he last pitched, Sale is only being treated and hasn’t advanced to starting work with trainer Herm Schneider on his shoulder program or any other baseball activity.
"We haven’t started doing any of that,” Sale said. “I’m kind of contrasting and getting ultrasound laser work. (Stimulation) stuff. Nothing too out of the norm. Just resting and doing more icing, heat, that kind of stuff. … I mean, as far as just moving around, yes. Obviously I haven’t thrown a baseball so that will be the ultimate test. In terms of just daily activities, taking a shower, drying off, putting on shirts, it’s a lot better.”
Sale who is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts said Tuesday he believes he can come off the DL right when he’s eligible. That would put him in line to return to the team during a trip to Cleveland on May 3.
“Absolutely,” Sale said. “Without a doubt, I have no reason to believe not. … I think obviously a week from now I’ll probably be off a mound throwing a bullpen and be ready to go for Cleveland.”