The White Sox came away Tuesday night with relief that Chris Sale's left shoulder is healthy. Their ace threw three innings without discomfort before rain caused postponement of their game with the Cubs. Now the Sox are reassessing their options for the rest of the week, which could including moving up Sale's next start by a day to Saturday at Oakland. "We're going to talk about it more," pitching coach Don Cooper said after Sale threw 37 pitches, 26 for strikes." The Sox didn't announce a makeup date for Tuesday's postponement. The teams have common days off June 24, July 1 and July 8, but matters could get interesting if Wednesday's or Thursday's games at Wrigley Field are postponed by wet weather. The Sox already have two home doubleheaders caused by rainouts. Manager Robin Ventura said there was no talk of rescheduling Tuesday's game for Wednesday night as part of a split doubleheader at Wrigley and U.S Cellular. "But if something happened in the next couple of days, you never know what's going to happen," Ventura said. "It could happen. It's happened at other places, so it wouldn't be out of the question, I'm sure." Sale, who missed his last start May 22 because of left shoulder tendinitis, had his fastball clocked as high as 95 mph. He allowed a two-run home run to Welington Castillo in the second, but the postponement wiped out that homer and allowed Sale's streak of 23 scoreless innings to remain intact. "It felt good to get back out there," said Sale, who struck out one while allowing three hits. "I wish it would've gone a little longer, but you can't control those things. "My arm felt strong. (The trainers) know what they're doing." Sale was receptive to the possibility of returning Saturday. "I pretty much look at this as an extended bullpen (session)," Sale said. "I should be able to bounce back pretty quickly." Weather permitting, the Sox hope John Danks will pitch more effectively Wednesday in his second start since returning from left shoulder surgery. "I thought John did very well in his first outing, but looking at it more critically and seeing the video, there were fastballs that we were trying to get into righties that didn't get quite in," pitching coach Don Cooper said of Danks' start Friday in which he threw six innings of three-run ball without issuing a walk. "There were fastballs we were trying to get down and away to righties that didn't get quite there. "With that being said, he had a good first (start) and we'll have to continue to stay on top of all that stuff because I don't care who you are or whatever you're throwing, it comes down to command and changing speeds. He has the ability to change speeds because he has four pitches, but it's the command we'll need to stay on top of and have him be good at."
Sale comes away from shortened start feeling good
Chicago Tribune | May 29