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.
Adrian Walker of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox will air an anti-racism public service announcement at Fenway Park before their game on September 28. This is part of a large campaign backed by the Sox, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and New England Revolution “featuring athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues.”
This comes in the wake of a group of protesters hanging an anti-racism banner in Fenway Park last week which, in turn came a few months after Adam Jones, like many visiting players of color before him, claimed that racial epithets were hurled at him by fans in the Fenway bleachers.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells the globe that the Jones incident is what inspired the PSA campaign:
“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this,” he said. “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”
Bryce Harper, out with a bone bruise in his knee, was able to take batting practice again yesterday. He also sprinted and played catch and stuff and reported no problems. As such, the Washington Nationals are optimistic he’ll be able to return next week.
This is certainly good news for Washington. By coming back next week Harper should be able to shake off some rust before the playoffs start.
Harper, who has been out since mid-August, is hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 homers and 87 RBI in 106 games on the year.