Yesterday the White Sox announced that they’d be giving Chris Sale some time off amid concerns about his declining velocity and back-to-back poor starts in his first season as a big-league starter.
It turns out that time off will basically amount to one skipped turn in the rotation, as manager Robin Ventura told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that Sale is expected to make his next start in “five to six days.”
Before officially scheduling anything the White Sox want to see how Sale feels playing catch, but it certainly sounds like Ventura and the rest of the coaching staff aren’t worried about any sort of long-term issue despite Sale saying he was “going through a little dead-arm period.”
Sale, who threw 71 innings as a reliever last season, has already logged 124 innings this season while going 12-3 with a 2.61 ERA and 114/31 K/BB ratio.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.