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Second bullpen session a positive step for Sale

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale threw a second bullpen Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field as he continues to progress toward a rehab assignment. Sale has been on the disabled list retroactive to April 18 with a flexor strain in his left arm.

"His thing is you see how he kind of reacts to this and then you go from there," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "But talking to him and seeing how he feels, he feels confident with how he's progressing.

"Again, you're cautious with him. We've done this in the past. You're probably more patient with him, just his reactions to how he has been feeling every time he goes out. He's eventually going to be back. When it is, we'll wait and see how he does."

Part of that patience comes from the admirable fill-in starts put forth by Scott Carroll, Andre Rienzo and Hector Noesi.

"We'd be patient no matter what," Ventura said. "The way those guys are pitching and filling in, you're letting it play out a little longer and making sure he's 100 percent over the top feeling great when he goes back out there."

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