Chris Sale went from Florida Gulf Coast University to the big leagues in the same season, coming up as a reliever for the White Sox in August after being drafted with the 13th overall pick in June's draft.
He's now looking at making the White Sox rotation next season.
"I feel strong enough to do this," Sale told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzales on Wednesday. "I shouldn't have to gain 30 pounds."
Gonzales writes that Sale has started a conditioning program to help his stamina and strengthen his legs. The left-hander is 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds, but says he doesn't want to feel like he has to put on much weight to start every dive days.
"I'm not going to get caught up on how big I can get," Sale said. "I want to make sure I'm in shape to start by the start of spring training."
Sale threw 103 innings in college in 2010 and 33 2/3 as a pro in the minors and majors last season.
The White Sox, though, aren't yet set on starting Sale next season.
"Whatever Kenny [Williams] wants to do, we'll do," pitching coach Don Cooper told the newspaper.
Jake Peavy isn't expected to begin the season in the rotation, but the White Sox already have Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Edwin Jackson and Gavin Floyd ready for 2011, and Sale could be the fifth member of the rotation.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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