Left-hander Chris Sale is relieved and confident. Relieved that there’s no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, and confident that he’ll miss only two starts and be pitching again in two weeks. “Without a doubt,’’ Sale said before the Tigers and Justin Verlander beat the White Sox and Charlie Leesman, Sale’s fly-in replacement from Class AAA Charlotte, 8-6 on Tuesday. “Anytime you have something going on that you are not quite certain of, you want to get down to the bottom of it regardless of whether it’s good, bad or indifferent. Fortunately for us, the news was as good as we could have possibly gotten.’’ As of April 16, 20 pitchers had gone down with elbow problems requiring Tommy John surgery, and that alarming rate had Sale on edge when he went for an MRI Monday. “It made me a little bit more nervous just because you don’t know,’’ he said. “The thing that kind of helped me out was it was the same soreness that I usually have after a start. It was just more of it in the same spot.’’ Sale has a flexor muscle strain in the elbow. When he heard a doctor say his UCL was excellent, he said he walked out of the room. “That’s all I needed to hear,’’ Sale said. That this issue feels almost identical to the one that took him out of the rotation momentarily in May 2012, and that he carried on normally after that, leads Sale to believe he’ll be fine.
White Sox ace Chris Sale confident in quick return to rotation
Chicago Sun-Times | Apr 23