Sale may start Wednesday's road trip finale

Sale may start Wednesday's road trip finale

ARLINGTON -- Chris Sale looks as if he will close out this six-game road trip for the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field, meaning he will start on regular four days' rest between trips to the mound for the first time since June 22 against Milwaukee and June 27 at the Twins. That plan could change with the addition of Francisco Liriano from the Twins on Saturday night, with the left-hander probably facing his old team in Minneapolis.

But if Sale works Wednesday, the first-year starter who picked up win No. 12 on Friday doesn't seem worried about the adjusted rest period.

"I've got four days to get my work in and prepare myself for Wednesday," Sale said. "It's just a day earlier but it doesn't mean anything. It's normal actually. It should be fine."

Friday's 6 1/3-inning effort for Sale brought his season total to 124 innings pitched, leaving him 21 short of his career high set in 2009 between Florida Gulf Coast University and Cape Cod League action. He threw 136 2/3 innings in 2010, between college and joining the White Sox.

The team already has given Sale two extended breaks to manage his innings and there figures to be one more, although there is no set date. Liriano's arrival could mean a six-man rotation, which again would protect Sale's arm.

"I don't know how we're going to do it, but I'd like to give [Sale] a little extra [rest]," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I'm not even considering skipping [him] or anything like that. You want [him] to be as healthy and strong as he can be. If he's healthy and comes in and says he doesn't feel right, then we'll do that."

"I'm kind of going just by whatever they got for me," said Sale, who has given up 10 runs on 13 hits in his last 13 1/3 innings. "It's something we haven't talked about recently or at all actually, but there will come a time for that and I'll just handle it when it gets there."