Sale headed to DL after 127-pitch outing vs. Red Sox

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is off to a 3-0 start this season.

 

Chris Sale has lived up to expectations for the Chicago White Sox to start the season, eating up innings while helping them earn nearly one-third of their victories.

Sale’s recovery from his latest solid outing has been more difficult than usual, though, and he’s heading to the disabled list instead of squaring off with Justin Verlander and the host Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

The left-hander has gone 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA over four outings, giving up one run and striking out 10 in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Boston on Thursday.

Sale has thrown at least 105 pitches in each start and tossed a season-high 127 against the Red Sox, causing him to experience some soreness. Manager Robin Ventura hoped to just push Sale back to Wednesday’s contest, though general manager Rick Hahn said Sale would be placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his throwing arm.

"You just don’t want to take any chances," Ventura said. "We got it figured out while the game was going on (Monday). Give him some rest and get him healthy."

The good news for Chicago is that an MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage. Right-hander Andre Rienzo, who pitched a scoreless inning of relief Sunday in his season debut after going 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 10 starts in 2013, will fill in for Sale on Tuesday.

Sale’s teammates were relieved to hear the injury isn’t serious.

"I was more concerned before the game (because) he was going to get looked at," fellow starter John Danks said. "To hear that he’s going to be OK and not miss too much time, it’s great. That’s a big shoe to fill."

Danks gave up one run in 6 1-3 innings to help the White Sox (10-10) earn a 3-1 victory in Monday’s series opener, one day after they ended a four-game losing streak with a 16-2 win over Texas.