CHICAGO – White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is searching for positives after his first start in nearly two weeks was cut short because of rain.
Sale felt fine after throwing 37 pitches against the Cubs in Tuesday’s postponed game and experienced normal tightness Wednesday. Still bummed a day later that his start was cut short, Sale was glad he began building his pitch count.
“When I did start throwing, it was more to just get it loose instead of trying to build,” Sale said. “We’ll see how it goes this next week.”
The Sox considered starting Sale a day earlier than scheduled on normal rest Sunday at Oakland, but they determined there was nothing to gain by doing so.
“It’s a break for him, because he gets a test run – heck, we were losing the game 2-0, so that’s certainly a little break for us, and the bullpen guys get another day to recoup,” pitching coach Don Cooper said.
Choices at first base: Playing at Wrigley Field forced Sox manager Robin Ventura into a tough spot.
Without the designated hitter, Ventura needed to choose who would start at first base Wednesday against the Cubs: regular starter Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn. Both have great numbers against the Cubs. Dunn’s 43 career home runs are the second-most among active players trailing Albert Pujols’ 53 homers. In 33 career games at Wrigley, Konerko owns a .304 average with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
Ventura decided Dunn was the better option coming off a quick turnaround from Tuesday’s rain-delayed, then postponed game. Konerko will be back in the Sox’s lineup Thursday against Cubs left-hander Travis Wood.
“You flip a coin with both of them as far as putting them in there,” Ventura said. “You can only play one of them. You can put Dunn in left [field], but I don’t know if today’s the day to do that.”
Beckham update: Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will resume his rehab today at Triple-A Charlotte.
Beckham suffered a minor setback when he experienced soreness in his left wrist stemming from surgery to remove the hamate bone. As a precaution, the Sox kept Beckham out of Charlotte’s lineup until he felt better. Ventura believes Beckham will be ready to rejoin the Sox after their six-game road trip to Oakland and Seattle.
“[Wednesday] he’s probably taking batting practice and going through a regular pregame,” Ventura said. “ … I don’t see him making it back when we’re in Seattle.”