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Sale set for rehab start

Chris Sale is getting closer to testing out his injured elbow. The Sox southpaw will throw a rehab start on Thursday for Triple-A Charlotte. But don’t expect big things just yet. Pale Hose skipper Robin Ventura told MLB.com that he won’t be out there long and they’ll monitor his workload.

Sale has been on the disabled list since April 18th with a left flexor muscle strain. While it was originally reported that the 25-year-old expected to be activated on May 3rd without making a rehab start in the minors, plans soon changed. He’s played some long toss and had a few bullpen sessions in between, but in the end the club thought it best to get him some game action prior to taking on MLB hitters.

In four games this season, the lefty is 3-0 with a knockout 2.30 ERA and .84 WHIP. If the Sox hope to get back into contention in the AL Central, they’ll need every bit of that the rest of the way. Last year Sale threw 214 1/3 innings, striking out 226 and winning 11 games.

Following the start in two days, the training staff will see how Sale’s body reacts to the stresses and reassess their plan of attack. Regardless of how well things go, “The Condor” will still likely make at least one more start in the minors before a promotion.