Chris Sale in line for weekend start vs. Yankees
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter May 20, 2014 9:20PM
Chris Sale threw a bullpen session Tuesday, putting him in line for a weekend start. | Brian Kersey/Getty Images
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Sox remained noncommittal and continued with the company line of “caution above all else” in the ongoing process of getting ace Chris Sale back.
Sale threw a light bullpen session of fewer than 30 pitches Tuesday and remains on track for a possible start against the visiting New York Yankees this weekend.
Sale, on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain, hasn’t pitched since he threw a career-high 127 pitches against the Boston Red Sox on April 17. He threw four dominating innings (68 pitches) in a Class AAA rehab start Friday.
“It’s always light with Chris, it’s never hard,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said of Sale’s workout. “If he’s going to pitch 210, 220 innings, we’re not going to pile up a lot of hard work and innings in the bullpens.
“Touch and feel is the best way to describe it.’’
Sale, who did not comment, appeared to be in good spirits. After his workout and a brief chat with Cooper, he ran from the bullpen beyond right field to the third-base dugout, raising his arms as he stepped off the field. He said Monday that he is ready and would love to pitch this weekend.
“It could be,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “He threw free and easy enough to be able to be one of those guys. How early, today is too early to say that. Seeing how he feels going through tonight and tomorrow, we’ll make a decision based on that.’’
The Sox do not have their probable starters listed for the Yankees series. Saturday would be rookie Scott Carroll’s turn, but Carroll (1-3, 6.49 ERA) has had three rough starts after two good ones.
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Javy Guerra, promoted to take Matt Lindstrom’s spot in the bullpen, was 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and three saves for Class AAA Charlotte. The 28-year-old, claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 26, has 29 career saves and a 2.90 ERA in 101 innings in parts of three seasons with the Dodgers. He said Charlotte pitching coach Rich Dotson tweaked a couple mechanical issues that “really helped me with my stuff.’’