CHICAGO -- Although White Sox general manager Ken Williams told MLB.com that Chris Sale, the 2010 rookie bullpen stalwart, will enter 2011 as a starting pitcher, Sale isn't making any plans for the move quite yet. Sale had an 11-0 record and 2.01 ERA as a starter at Florida Gulf Coast University this past season, so he has an idea of how to prepare for the role.
"I'll know how to train my body," Sale said. "[White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas] is going to help with a good workout regimen for the offseason. I'll follow it step-by-step and show up at Spring Training ready to go."
Sale won't be throwing in the Arizona Fall League and has no plan for Winter League action abroad. The 21-year-old has a two-week break in his future to let his arm and body recover before getting after it, this time as a potential piece of a sturdy starting rotation.
"That would be exciting, awesome," Sale said. "It would be my ultimate goal going into the offseason."
"As long as he's healthy and on the team, I'm very happy about it," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Sale, who could serve as starter's insurance to allow Jake Peavy to recover at his own pace from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi in his right posterior shoulder. "I don't care if he's a starter or reliever, as long as he's here."