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CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale played long toss with bullpen catcher Adam Ricks prior to Saturday's contest against the Tribe, looking as if he got out to 120 feet during the session. As manager Robin Ventura mentioned Friday, the plan is for Sale to throw a bullpen on Monday at Wrigley Field.

Pitching coach Don Cooper described the White Sox bullpen sessions as light, medium and heavy, and Sale's would fall under the light classification. As for his schedule after Monday's session, the next step will be decided by Sale's reaction to Monday.

"Nobody has made a plan like, 'He'll do this on Monday, this on Tuesday, this on Wednesday and follow through the week,'" said Cooper of the White Sox ace, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 18 with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. "We are going day by day and [we'll] see what we [get], and then we'll deal with it as we go.

"We are taking the time because it's smart to do that. We did it last year and we aren't going to do anything until he's physically ready to do it. We are taking it day by day is what we are doing. Nothing is going to make us move faster. He's coming along, so it looks like he's going to be back on the mound on Monday for a light one."

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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