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Sale ready to get to work in bullpen

Sale ready to get to work in bullpen

Sale ready to get to work in bullpen
DETROIT -- One day's worth of perspective elevated Chris Sale from dejected and disappointed to anxious and excited in regard to his move from the White Sox starting rotation to closer.

"I'm not as down as I was yesterday," Sale said. "I still have a great opportunity to pitch and do what I love to do. That's playing Major League Baseball. The adrenaline that gets going a little bit, once you get out there and get it done a couple of times, I look forward to it."

The 23-year-old with top-of-the-rotation stuff had his first foray as a starter cut short on Friday, when manager Robin Ventura announced that an organizational decision was made to move the southpaw back into the bullpen. Sale was experiencing soreness in his arm, but as Sale admitted Saturday, he thought it was just normal soreness from his move to a starter.

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"Like I said, it's just tender. It doesn't hurt when I throw. It's tender to touch and it takes a little bit to get loosened up," Sale said. "I thought it was just soreness. It was just sore to me and doesn't hurt or anything.

"They thought it might trickle into something else. I didn't see that at all. I just saw it as typical soreness after throwing. Like I said, those guys know what they are doing. They've been there and done that. You have to listen to them."

No MRI was done on Sale's elbow, and Sale doesn't believe his unique pitching style or mechanics have anything to do with the soreness. He has been pitching the same way since college.

A decision also was made that a trip to the disabled list was not needed. It was simply about managing Sale's workload, which the White Sox believe is easier to do with him coming out of the bullpen.

"Obviously, you are out there and you want to put 100 percent into every pitch because the one pitch you take a little off, it might be the pitch to come up and bite you," Sale said. "I guess putting 100 percent into 10 to 20 pitches is where I need to be for right now instead of 120 pitches."

"There were a lot of people discussing it, so it's not like we were winging it," Ventura said. "There was all this discussion and I'm sure that [disabled list possibility] is probably still out there as far as in discussing it to see if that would be the best way to do it. The biggest issue is we're trying to think of him first instead of us."

When asked if he could start Sunday, health-wise, Sale smiled, paused for a few seconds and then said he could. But he quickly added that any pitcher or competitor will give the same answer.

Instead, Sale will be in the bullpen, where he had a somewhat nerve-wracking return on Friday.

"I was a wreck. I was out there pacing back and forth," said a smiling Sale. "I was like, 'I'm so nervous out here. I can't handle this.' It was a good time getting back out there and watching the game with the guys and watching the game from out there -- getting my bearings back."

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