White Sox ace Sale to start Thursday at Cubs

Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale sits in the dugout after he threw eight shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners, giving up one hit, in a baseball game, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Seattle. White Sox' David Robertson blew the save in the ninth inning, giving up a walk-off home run to Seattle Mariners' Adam Lind, and the Mariners beat the White sox 4-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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CHICAGO (AP) White Sox ace Chris Sale will start on Thursday against the crosstown Cubs in his first appearance since he was suspended for five days for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear.

Manager Robin Ventura says he isn't sure of Sale's plans while he is away from the team, but he expects him to be ready for the outing at Wrigley Field.

The White Sox announced Sale's punishment on Sunday after the left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home the previous night.

The suspension cost Sale $250,000 of his $9.15 million salary. He was also fined about $12,700.

The 27-year-old Sale is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA this year. There is a possibility he could be traded before the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, though it would take quite an offer to get the White Sox to move him.