White Sox left-hander Chris Sale looked good enough in his first minor-league rehab start that it’s possible there won’t be a second rehab start, striking out 11 batters in four shutout innings at Triple-A last night.
In terms of dominance that signals he’s probably ready to rejoin the White Sox after missing time with a strained flexor muscle, but because Sale threw only 68 pitches he may need one more start to build back arm strength before coming off the disabled list.
Here’s some video of the rehab start from our friends at CSNChicago.com:
When Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez returns from the disabled list, likely some time next week, he will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martínez has been on the disabled list since late July with a strained right shoulder. The plan is still for Martínez to start in 2019 and beyond.
GM John Mozeliak said, “If you’re going to go down that starting path and you’re starting at ground zero, the likelihood of him being back would be sometime in mid-September. And we’ve done that twice this year and ended up in the same place after a few starts.”
Martínez, 26, has a 3.41 ERA and a 98/49 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings across 18 starts this season. The Cardinals’ rotation currently features Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, John Gant, Luke Weaver, and Austin Gomber.
The Cardinals entered play Monday 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the National League, so adding Martínez to the bullpen — or, subtracting him from the rotation, depending on how you look at it — could make a significant impact on the club’s playoff chances.