White Sox rule out Chris Sale for Opening Day

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Making official what was expected, the White Sox have ruled out left-hander Chris Sale for Opening Day due to the avulsion fracture in his right foot.

Executive vice president Kenny Williams told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that Sale is still at least 10 days from resuming baseball activities and the White Sox start the season against the Royals on April 6.

Sale was the Opening Day starter in 2013 and 2014, and is coming off a dominant season in which he threw 174 innings with a 2.17 ERA and 208/39 K/BB ratio at age 25.

Jeff Samardzija seems like the leading candidate to take the Opening Day assignment in Sale’s place.