But Ventura has no doubt Sale will be able to handle the change, even if his heart remains with starting.
"It's like in talking to him, mentally, he's ready to do it," Ventura said before the contest. "He wants to be a starter, that's for sure, but I don't expect him to go out there ...
"He's a mature kid baseball-wise for how young he is. Just the way he acts and does things, the way he views his job and as far as the way he looks at his teammates. So I don't see that being a problem."
As for starting eventually returning to Sale's job description after the 2012 season, Ventura reiterated Tuesday that nothing is out of the question.
"Really, there was everything brought up. So it's all still out there," Ventura said. "I think it's trying to figure out what's going on for him and his future as far as trying to protect him the best we can."