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As a precaution, Sale skips start because of shoulder tendinitis

Updated: June 24, 2013 2:14PM

Jake Peavy knew Chris Sale was not in a good mood Wednesday.

“It’s tough coming to the park on your start day and not pitching,’’ Peavy said.

Peavy knows. Two weeks ago, he missed a start because of a bad back. The competitive juices flow through the system like poison when competitors can’t compete.

Sale, the Sox’ prized 24-year-old left-hander, couldn’t pitch Wednesday because of tendinitis in his left shoulder. The Sox say he will take his next turn Tuesday against the Cubs.

“I promise you it’s hurting him more than you know,’’ Peavy said. “It was tough for him to agree not to pitch. We talk about him being mature beyond his years. He made a decision with [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and the staff that was best for the organization.’’

While news that Sale would miss a turn cast a downer on a Sox victory Monday, there is a universal feeling in the Sox’ camp that Sale skipping a turn is strictly precautionary.

“We talked in depth yesterday with him,’’ Peavy said. “We have to have Chris Sale to be the team we want to be. But missing a start, getting things under control and eliminating the possibility of it flaring up and getting worse and missing time, I think he understands.’’

Signed to a long-term $32 million extension during spring training, Sale missed time last season with a sore elbow. That didn’t worry the Sox enough to not pay that kind of money.

“We believe he’s going to have a long career, or we would never have signed him to that contract,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said.

Because of the money involved, teams take fewer risks with sore arms than they used. Peavy said players are as tough as they used to be, only smarter.

“You have to keep guys like Chris Sale healthy,’’ Peavy said. “You have to take the ball out of their hand and take a step back.’’

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