Should Fans Worry About Sale's Durability?

Should Fans Worry About Sale’s Durability?

In the span of a week, we’ve seen Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale go from the starting rotation, to the bullpen, to the closing role, to maybe back to the starting rotation, to definitely back in the starting rotation… for now. So, you’re confused too?  Great, now you’re like every Sox fan in Chicago.  This whole thing was a fiasco. As I read the emerging story, I couldn’t help but wonder what the heck was going on in Kenny Williams’ head.  The same for Robin Ventura. Sale had been showing the most promise of any of the starters this year. And let’s not forget; Sale was drafted to become a starter in the big leagues, not to languish away in the bullpen because people are scared he might develop some injury.

Chris Sale has had "general elbow soreness" once this season. Will it persist?

With Sale apparently no longer in the closer’s role, a new problem arises. Ventura seems to like the idea of going with a closer by committee. Thing is, how often does something like that work? The obvious choice would be Addison Reed, but something tells me the team is too nervous to put the closing role on another rookie, as they’ve done ever since Bobby Jenks was made the closer. Even though Reed had a dismal performance Sunday night, he has been very sharp otherwise throughout the rest of the season. It seems Ventura isn’t opposed to using Matt Thornton, Hector Santiago or even Jessie Crain when he’s available in the ninth inning. “Whoever ends up in the ninth inning… we’re back to that,” is what Ventura said in an interview with  It’s kind of frustrating for Sox fans because it just leaves everyone wondering... Why didn’t they do this in the first place? The whole yanking around of Sale just seemed to serve no purpose. For all the talks about soreness and whatnot, simply getting an MRI right away instead of waiting until midweek would’ve made tons more sense. Especially since it’s available to the White Sox whenever they want. Another thing that’s tragic is how fragile it seems many people who manage teams think their players are. As stated earlier in this article, Sale was drafted to be a starting pitcher who throws from the mound every fifth day. If you want to ease him in, then fine, go ahead. However, it’s absolutely absurd that an excellent pitcher has to be moved because his coaches are scared about “general soreness.” This is a greater problem throughout the league, not just something the White Sox are guilty of. But now that Sale has given his point to Williams and Ventura, hopefully he will prove them wrong with strong pitching outings the rest of the year, showing them this particular pitcher’s arm will not be falling off any time soon. Chris Sale will make his next start Thursday May 17th, right before the White Sox cross town to Wrigley Field to take on the red hot Chicago Cubs.
This is a guest post by Nick LaBanca from Midway Madness is a site dedicated to Chicago sports. It is written by Chicago sports fans, for Chicago sports fans. Nick LaBanca is a Columbia College graduate who grew up in Chicago and is an avid Chicago Bulls and White Sox fan. Wanna read more from Nick? Click here.
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