Chris Sale tests foot injury with 60-pitch bullpen session

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The White Sox have already ruled out ace left-hander Chris Sale for Opening Day, but he continues to make solid progress from the avulsion fracture on the side of his right foot.

According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Sale threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session on Friday. He’s just three weeks removed from the injury, so White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is pleased with how he’s progressing.

“Sale had a good today,” Hahn said. “Sale had a really good day today. He threw a live bullpen session, four sets of 15 and was pretty much full bore in doing that. And he remains on track to not miss significant time.

“We are working with what we’re expecting internally in terms of timing of him coming back and so far he’s progressing as we had hoped.”

There’s no clear timetable for Sale’s return, but mid-April appears realistic at this point. In other words, he might only have to miss a start or two.

Sale, who turns 26 next week, had a 2.16 ERA (178 ERA+) with 10.8 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 across 26 starts last season.