CINCINNATI -- Chris Sale wants to pitch against manager Ned Yost’s club on Sunday after he didn’t throw for him in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
One of 11 players to not play in the American League’s 6-3 win over the National League, the White Sox starter said he still had a great time even though, as expected, he didn’t appear on short rest. That Sale didn’t pitch makes it all the more likely he would be available to pitch against Yost’s Kansas City Royals when the White Sox wrap up a four-game series on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
This past weekend, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sale could pitch next Sunday against Kansas City but the club wouldn’t make a decision until after Tuesday’s contest. Sale said late Tuesday he hopes to pitch against the first-place Royals.
“I don’t make calls like that,” Sale said. "(But) absolutely. Any time you get an in-division rival, those are the games you need. Those are the games you want, too. But I’m here to pitch, not here to make decisions, so whatever they’ve got for me I’m game for.”
Prior to the exhibition and one day after he said he hoped to responsibly use Sale -- who threw 115 pitches in Saturday’s win over the Cubs -- Yost told the Kansas City Star he’d only use the left-hander in an emergency. While Sale spent the entire game in the bullpen, that emergency never materialized. Tampa Bay’s Brad Boxberger, Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera, Baltimore’s Darren O’Day and Los Angeles’ Hector Santiago also didn’t appear in the contest as well as six NL pitchers.
“I was down there ready to go,” Sale said. “If the phone rang and they said ‘Hey Sailor, you’re up,’ get up, warm up and go out there and do what I’ve got to do.”
An All-Star for the fourth time, Sale didn’t fret over not playing. He previously pitched in each of the past three All-Star Games, earning the victory with two scoreless innings in 2013 at Citi Field.
The left-hander said he enjoyed fraternizing with his ‘pen mates and watching a contest that “had a little bit of everything.”
“I knew it would have to be something (to get in the game), but it’s still enjoyable,” Sale said. “It was still fun -- the atmosphere, being able to watch an All-Star Game from pretty much the best seats.
“It was awesome.
“Just hanging out with those guys, talking back and forth about hitters and ballparks and it's fun meeting new people, too.
“Everything you want in this environment.”