Sale was sent home by the White Sox after cutting up the throwback uniforms the team was to wear Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. In an official statement, the White Sox said Sale was scratched from Saturday's start following a "clubhouse incident," but they did not provide any details beyond mentioning that it was non-physical. Apparently, Sale felt the throwbacks were uncomfortable and was upset that he didn't get to pick the uniforms for his start (as starters typically do), and so he took a knife to all of the jerseys during batting practice. It's a bizarre story, and it's uncertain if Sale will ever toe the rubber again for the White Sox as his name has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors.
Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday following a non-physical clubhouse incident, the White Sox said in an official statement. His scratch in the hours leading up to first pitch fueled speculation that the All-Star lefty could be on the move. Initial reports suggested Sale was ill (and not traded), but the White Sox later clarified that some sort of clubhouse incident led to his scratch, although details remain scarce. The team said the incident is "under further investigation by the club" and it will not comment further until the investigation is complete. Matt Albers will start in Sale's place Saturday.
Sale threw eight shutout innings and allowed just one hit and three walks with six strikeouts but took a no-decision Monday against the Mariners. After giving up 12 runs in as many innings in his two starts before the All-Star break, Sale pitched like the ace he is again Monday night. Although he has allowed one run in seven innings or more five times this season, this marks just the second time he has kept the opponent scoreless. Unfortunately, David Robertson gave up four runs in the ninth to cost Sale the win, but if he keeps pitching like this, Sale (already 14-3) will find his way to 20 wins sooner rather than later.
Sale (14-3) allowed eight runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings to take the loss Friday against the Braves. Despite allowing four runs in the first four innings, Sale was still in a 4-4 tie, but he then went on to allow an additional four runs in the fifth inning, leading to his third loss of the year. He's now failed to post a quality start in four of his last seven outings, and his ERA is at 3.38. He'll make his next start after the All-Star break.
Sale (14-2) fanned nine over seven innings in Saturday's 7-6 victory over the Astros, while giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk. Sale's afternoon didn't exactly get started on the right foot when he gave up a 393-foot homer to Jose Altuve in the first, but he managed to miss plenty of bats after that. The White Sox ace went on to induce 22 swinging strikes, and struck out nine batters for the second time in the last three starts. Sale now has four straight quality starts, and will go for five in a row versus the Braves next Friday.