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Sale plays catch, will throw bullpen session Sunday

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale played catch from 100 feet in the outfield before Saturday's contest with the Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field and proclaimed himself ready to go for Tuesday's home start against the Cubs.

Sale will throw a bullpen session on Sunday as one final hurdle, after his scheduled start this past Wednesday was skipped because of a mild case of tendinitis at the back of his throwing shoulder.

"It went real well. It felt a lot better than I actually thought it would," Sale said. "Everything is on track and I'll be ready to go on Tuesday."

Both pitching coach Don Cooper and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider stressed to Sale that he was just trying to get some blood flowing in Saturday's session after not making a start since May 17 in Anaheim because of the precautionary move taken by the team.

"You are not trying to get work, just trying to get it loose and see how it feels," said Sale, who is sitting on a consecutive scoreless streak of 23 innings. "[I'll] throw a little bit more tomorrow and get a little bit more behind it."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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