Chris Sale is back … kind of. The dominant lefty rejoined the Sox today, but not in a pitching capacity. Sale will be reevaluated by trainers after tossing four scoreless innings of 11 strikeout ball at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Speaking to MLB.com, Pale Hose GM Rick Hawn cautioned fans on any speculation regarding when his ace will be back at US Cellular Field:
"We'll be able to evaluate him in person and come up with a plan moving forward from there. Again, I don't like putting time frames on guys' returns until we know for certain they are back, but certainly he's progressing very well and we are optimistic he'll be back in the near future."
And, speculating against Hahn’s wishes, near future could mean this weekend. The club will be home to take on the New York Yankees and skipper Robin Ventura didn’t rule out the possibility of the quick turnaround. First things first though, Sale will need to pass all the exams the medical staff put him through in Kansas City.
Prior to the injury, the southpaw was 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA. Last season Sale finished 5th in AL Cy Young Award voting nabbing one first place vote in the process. In 2012, he finished 6th behind Fernando Rodney, Felix Hernandez, Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander, and David Price.