GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was not exactly a comfortable afternoon for the Reds' Class A Minor Leaguers, who had to face Chris Sale and his full arsenal of pitching weapons Wednesday on a back field at Camelback Ranch. And that lack of comfort is a good sign for the left-handed ace and everyone throughout the White Sox organization.
Sale threw 90 pitches over six-plus innings, 67 for strikes. He yielded one run on an opposite-field homer, didn't walk a batter and struck out 13. An April 12 return to the mound at U.S. Cellular Field looks more and more likely, with the best-case scenario coming out of the worst-case scenario involving the right foot avulsion fracture Sale suffered Feb. 27 at his Arizona home.