SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
2 days ago

Sale (suspension) will return to start Thursday's matchup with the Cubs, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sale was hit with a five-game ban over the weekend for insubordination and destroying team equipment in an incident stemming from his displeasure with the White Sox's throwback uniforms. He'll return when first eligible Thursday for the last of four meetings between the crosstown rivals.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
3 days ago1 Comment

The White Sox announced that Sale would serve a five-game suspension stemming from a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game against the Tigers. "Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment," GM Rick Hahn said in the team's official statement. "While we all appreciate Chris' talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations."

EDGE Analysis

Sale's insubordinate behavior was reportedly related to his dissatisfaction with the throwback jerseys the White Sox were scheduled to wear for Saturday's game. The right-hander felt the jersey made him uncomfortable while pitching, and he demonstrated his disdain for the apparel by destroying multiple jerseys with a knife during the White Sox's scheduled batting practice. Sale's actions prompted the team to scratch him from his scheduled start and send him out of the clubhouse, and as of Sunday, he still has yet to rejoin the team, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. Manager Robin Ventura wouldn't comment on the specifics of Saturday's incident, but did say he was optimistic about Sale and the organization making amends. Sale's five-game suspension will be retroactive to Saturday, so he'll be in line to make his next turn in the rotation Thursday against the Cubs. The White Sox recalled Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Charlotte to take Sale's spot on the roster while he's under suspension, but Ranaudo will presumably head back to the minors once Sale is activated prior to Thursday's game.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
3 days ago

Sale is listed as the White Sox's probable starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Cubs, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sale had been scheduled to start this past Saturday against the Tigers, but was scratched hours before game time due to what the White Sox deemed as a "non-physical clubhouse incident." It was later revealed that Sale had taken issue with the throwback uniforms the White Sox were set to wear for Saturday's game, and his dissatisfaction boiled over to the point that management decided it was best to send him home for the day. It's likely that the White Sox will address the Sale situation in-house within the next few days, but assuming that both the pitcher and the team are able to patch things up, he should be back on the mound for one final audition for potential suitors before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
4 days ago3 Comments

Sale was sent home by the White Sox after cutting up the throwback uniforms the team was to wear Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

In official statement, the White Sox said Sale was scratched from Saturday's start following a "clubhouse incident," but they did not provide any details beyond mentioning that is was non-physical. Apparently, Sale felt the throwbacks were uncomfortable and was upset that he didn't get to pick the uniforms for his start (as starters typically do), and so he took a knife to all of the jerseys during batting practice. It's a bizarre story, and it's uncertain if Sale will ever toe the rubber again for the White Sox as his name has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
4 days ago

Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday following a non-physical clubhouse incident, the White Sox said in an official statement.

EDGE Analysis

His scratch in the hours leading up to first pitch fueled speculation that the All-Star lefty could be on the move. Initial reports suggested Sale was ill (and not traded), but the White Sox later clarified that some sort of clubhouse incident led to his scratch, although details remain scarce. The team said the incident is "under further investigation by the club" and it will not comment further until the investigation is complete. Matt Albers will start in Sale's place Saturday.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
4 days ago

Sale has been scratched from Saturday's start against the Tigers because he has the flu, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

EDGE Analysis

His name came up in trade rumors earlier this week, so initially it seemed like that was the reason the White Sox's ace was scratched, but according to Padilla, it's because of an illness. It is unfortunate for Sale's owners that he was scratched Saturday, but if he were to be dealt to a more competitive team prior to the trade deadline, that could end up boosting his fantasy value down the stretch. Matt Albers will take the ball Saturday in what amounts to a bullpen game against the Tigers.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
1 week ago

Sale threw eight shutout innings and allowed just one hit and three walks with six strikeouts but took a no-decision Monday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

After giving up 12 runs in as many innings in his two starts before the All-Star break, Sale pitched like the ace he is again Monday night. Although he has allowed one run in seven innings or more five times this season, this marks just the second time he has kept the opponent scoreless. Unfortunately, David Robertson gave up four runs in the ninth to cost Sale the win, but if he keeps pitching like this, Sale (already 14-3) will find his way to 20 wins sooner rather than later.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
3 weeks ago

Sale (14-3) allowed eight runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings to take the loss Friday against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Despite allowing four runs in the first four innings, Sale was still in a 4-4 tie, but he then went on to allow an additional four runs in the fifth inning, leading to his third loss of the year. He's now failed to post a quality start in four of his last seven outings, and his ERA is at 3.38. He'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
4 weeks ago

Sale (14-2) fanned nine over seven innings in Saturday's 7-6 victory over the Astros, while giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Sale's afternoon didn't exactly get started on the right foot when he gave up a 393-foot homer to Jose Altuve in the first, but he managed to miss plenty of bats after that. The White Sox ace went on to induce 22 swinging strikes, and struck out nine batters for the second time in the last three starts. Sale now has four straight quality starts, and will go for five in a row versus the Braves next Friday.

SUSChris Sale
SP CWS
1 month ago

Sale (13-2) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over eight innings to earn the win Sunday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Sale gave up a pair of solo homers while the offense backed him up with five runs of support to help him nail down his 13th win. After struggling a bit in his first two start this month, he now has fired three straight quality starts to move his ERA to 2.79. He'll make his next start Saturday at the Astros.