GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With three runs allowed in the fifth inning of Monday's 7-6 loss to the Padres at Camelback Ranch, Chris Sale's Cactus League ERA rose to 7.36 over just 7 1/3 innings.
Manager Ozzie Guillen isn't necessarily worried about the rookie's struggles, but he does know there is some improvement to be had. Guillen talked with pitching coach Don Cooper after Sale's outing, expressing a desire for Sale to work on location during his next side session.
"I'm not concerned about him, but I'm disappointed a little bit," said Guillen of Sale. "Not because he gave up three [runs], that's part of the game. He was missing spots. The ball was supposed to be in and it was away. The ball was supposed to be away and it was in. He was a little out of whack today. But that's all.
"We have to be patient with this kid. A lot of people think he's Sandy Koufax, 30 years in the big leagues. This kid just came out of college two weeks ago. It's a learning process. It's not about stuff but where you locate your stuff."