Ventura: Chris Sale might need a rehab start
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 30, 2014 10:23PM
Updated: April 30, 2014 10:25PM
There’s still no timetable for Chris Sale’s return from the disabled list or even a stated plan for the White Sox’ ace, although for the first time Wednesday, manager Robin Ventura said that a rehab start might be in the works.
Sale, who hasn’t pitched in two weeks, threw 127 pitches against the Boston Red Sox on April 14. He went on the DL with a flexor muscle strain in the elbow and was relieved when an MRI exam showed no ligament damage.
Ventura said Sale, who’s eligible to come off the DL on Saturday, won’t be hurried back. Sale was supposed to play catch Wednesday but did not.
“With Sale, you don’t want to rush him and push it,’’ Ventura said.
“If you keep going, he might end up getting to a point where he might have to go do one rehab start, something short.’’
Ventura did say that Sale was feeling better but not well enough to throw off a mound.
“Before you send him out there, you want him to feel really good,’’ Ventura said. “That’s the reason [we] keep holding him off.’’
Sale did not talk to reporters during the just-completed six-game homestand.
With a fourth-inning single off Max Scherzer for his 40th hit, Alexei Ramirez broke Paul Konerko’s 12-year-old franchise record for March/April. “He congratulated me in front of the dugout, so I kind of lifted my helmet up and said, ‘Thanks,’ ’’ said Ramirez, who went 1-for-4 to finish the month batting .351.
Gillaspie on the mend
Conor Gillaspie said his left hand feels much better after a few days of inactivity, and the third baseman will likely come off the disabled list when he’s eligible next Wednesday.
When the Sox are forced to make a roster move, outfielder Jordan Danks could be the odd man out if the Sox are comfortable with utility infielder Leury Garcia as an extra outfielder.
Danks, a good defensive outfielder, is 3-for-32 with a home run in 16 games.
† Felipe Paulino (shoulder) is expected to pitch on a rehab assignment this weekend.