Sale likely to start in first series of second half

Sale likely to start in first series of second half

Sale likely to start in first series of second half
CHICAGO -- With Chris Sale making his final first-half appearance during Tuesday's 19-2 victory over the Rangers, the first-year starter will have at least a 10-day break, aside from his first All-Star appearance Tuesday in Kansas City.

The White Sox could extend that break even longer into their second-half-opening 10-game road trip to manage his rising innings total, now sitting at 102 2/3 to go with his 2.19 ERA, but manager Robin Ventura indicated Sale would work during that opening series against the Royals.

"I have a decent idea that he would pitch in that first series when we get back," said Ventura. "Again, you look at what he does when he's [at the All-Star Game]. He'll probably throw an inning, and [we'll] just see how he feels when he gets back.""

If Sale starts Saturday, July 14, against the Royals, he would pitch again the following Thursday in Boston and miss the weekend Tigers series. If Sale starts Sunday, July 15, against the Royals, he would face Detroit Friday, but miss the Red Sox.