Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the news:
Chris Sale has been scratched from Wednesday’s start with mild tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.
A team official said Sale is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.
Hector Santiago will take the mound in his place. Sale has posted a fantastic 2.53 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in nine outings this season, fanning 61 batters and allowing only 15 walks in 64 innings. Any kind of shoulder trouble is concerning, but the White Sox don’t seem to think this will wind up being a big deal.
The White Sox have a scheduled team off day this Thursday, so they don’t have to add a new starter as long as Sale misses just one turn. The 24-year-old left-hander carries AL Cy Young Award potential.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.