White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that he’d prefer if ace left-hander Chris Sale did not pitch in the All-Star game after throwing 115 pitches in a dominant outing Saturday, but apparently Royals/American League manager Ned Yost has since talked him into it.
During an interview with ESPN radio this morning Yost said that he “talked to Robin” and “I’m going to pitch him … he’s definitely going to pitch in the game.”
Whether that means Sale will start for the American League or be used as a reliever remains unclear, but Yost says the agreement with Ventura was for one inning at most.
Sale was chosen for his fourth consecutive All-Star game after logging 119 innings with a 2.72 ERA and league-high 157 strikeouts in the first half. He’s thrown at least 108 pitches in 13 straight starts.