CHICAGO -- White Sox players such as Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza all could receive All-Star consideration for the Midsummer Classic to be played on July 10 in Kansas City.
Sale's case could be the most interesting, in that the American League leader in ERA could be named as the starting pitcher. That start would come in the middle of a planned extended break given to the first-year starter, but that interruption doesn't seem to worry manager Robin Ventura.
"He won't go nine. I know that," said Ventura with a smile. "He'll definitely be on a pitch limit for the All-Star Game. But he deserves it. That's just part of playing the game.
"Other guys have done it. We'll figure out a way. I think it's good for him and it's good for people to see him pitch. It's good for our organization if he gets that. So we'll figure it out."
Ventura played in two All-Star Games and called it a fun game that guys enjoy. Don't look for Dunn and his 19 homers to take part in the Home Run Derby, regardless of whether he is selected as an All-Star, as the big slugger said on Sunday he has no interest in the competition.
But Sale's move from starter to closer to White Sox stopper to potential AL All-Star starter in the matter of two months would be another interesting story.
"Baseball is just crazy in that way. You never know what's going to happen," Ventura said. "It's fun to see how it all folds out at the end of the year. Anything you think at the beginning of the year might not even be close at the end of the year."