"He threw free and easy enough to be able to be one of those guys," Ventura said.
Sale completed a successful bullpen session before Tuesday's game with the Royals, tossing roughly 20 pitches in his latest step toward returning from a month-long disabled list stint.
"I think it's another step in the right direction. I would see sometime in the near future him going back out there," Ventura said.
Ventura said that the club will evaluate Sale again before making any decisions.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.