ARLINGTON, Texas -- The White Sox said Saturday afternoon Chris Sale is expected to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday.
Manager Robin Ventura said the team plans to monitor Sale, who admitted after Fridays start he might have felt some fatigue in a 109-pitch effort.
Sale improved to 12-3 even though he allowed a season-high five earned runs for a second straight start.
The first-year starters fastball velocity was down -- his two-seam averaged 90.2 mph according to brooksbaseball.net -- and 72 of his 109 pitches were sliders or changeups.
You do (watch closely), but theres not a lot we can do about it right now as far as who we got to put in there, Ventura said. Youre looking at how many innings they can go and watch them in a game. You probably watch them closer because they havent been doing it that often lately. You watch that. The bullpen, you have (Brett) Myers down there, you can extend it a little bit or get them out earlier if you want to.
Sale has pitched a professional-high 124 innings this season. But in 2009, he combined for 144 13 innings between Florida Gulf Coast University and the Cape Cod League.
After Wednesday in Minnesota, Sale will get an extra day of rest in between his next two starts as the White Sox are of on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.
(Wednesday is) normal, so it should be fine, Sale said. Im just kind of going by what theyve got for me. Its something we havent talked about recently or at all. There may come a time for that and well handle it when it gets to it.
In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.
Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.
Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.
The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.
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