White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider and Ventura visited the mound to check on Chris Sale during the third inning of Saturday's 7-1 loss to Detroit. Sale had walked Gerald Laird and Danny Worth on nine pitches to open the inning and had taken a Jhonny Peralta single off his left hand in the second.
But there was no need for concern, as the southpaw stayed in the game to work seven innings.
"A.J. [Pierzynski] had walked out and looked in the dugout -- that's why he went out there," Ventura said. "He said he's fine. We just let him go."
"Everything was fine," Sale said after taking a loss for the first time since May 12 and losing for the first time following a White Sox defeat. Sale had won eight straight decisions. "My arm felt good, body felt good."
Dylan Axelrod, who gave up two runs in the eighth inning on Saturday, was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the loss. The rookie was 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA, splitting his time between six starts and four relief appearances.
Adam Dunn is 1-for-23 in his last six games.