Tag:Chris Sale
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:49 am
 

Peavy to begin lightly throwing in rehab

Peavy Jake Peavy's injury is so rare, people don't know what to expect in his rehabilitation from a detached latissimus dorsi muscle near his right shoulder.

The right-hander went under the knife in July and is only now just getting around to tossing the ball. Peavy tells the Chicago Tribune that he plans to start lightly throwing, a step not without its risks.

"I'm feeling as good as I think I can at this point," Peavy said. "I'm still trying to regain my strength. [That] has been the toughest part for me."

Peavy is hoping to begin throwing off a mound January and be at full strength to give the White Sox a full season. He was unable to do so in 2010, making just 17 starts with a 4.63 ERA. In 2009, he split the year between the ChiSox and Padres, making 16 starts. The year before, he clocked in at 27 after three straight years of at least 30 starts and 200 innings pitched. He has only reached 30-plus starts one other time in his career, that being his first full season in 2003.

While Peavy could be ready for Opening Day, there is no confusion that it may take him much, much longer to return. The White Sox already have four starters in the fold, but would need a fifth without Peavy. Chicago plans to make first-round pick Chris Sale a starter after promoting him to the majors as a reliever. The club could also bring in a veteran to soak up innings in the outset until Sale or Peavy is ready.

Peavy is due $33 million over the next two years with a $22 million club option. If he hopes to see that option exercised, the 29-year-old will need to revert to Cy Young form the next two seasons.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:25 am
 

R.I.P White Sox: Never a dull moment

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Chicago White Sox.

There's one thing about these Chicago White Sox, they're never dull. And that was the case again in 2010 as Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen had their own reality show and provided more than enough fodder in an ultimately unsuccessful season.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Jake Peavy The vaunted White Sox rotation never quite lived up to its billing -- Jake Peavy (pictured, left) had his search cut in half with injury, and even before that he was medicore, going 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA. Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Gavin Floyd were merely slightly above average.

The team's hole at designated hitter was only magnified by watching their old flame -- the one they dumped -- marry up, as Jim Thome not only hit 25 homers, but he did it for the division-winning Twins. And then there's Manny Ramirez ... but that's an old story.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The White Sox went on one of the longest hot streaks of the season, a stretch of 25 victories in 30 games to erase Minnesota's 9 1/2-game lead. But after that, the team just couldn't keep it going and saw its own lead in the division disappear.

Paul Konerko (pictured, below) had a fabulous season, hitting .312/.393/.584 with 39 homers and 111 RBI. (If you're talking about Konerko, it's good for him this season came in the final year of his contract.)

HELP ON THE WAY

The White Sox got a glimpse of the future at the end of the season. Brent Morel played 24 games and didn't put up the prettiest numbers at the big league level, but he could be the starting third baseman next season.

More impressive was 2010 first-rounder Chris Sale. The organization expects the left-hander to start. As a reliever -- in an attempt to limit his innings -- Sale showed the potential of a future ace. Fresh out of a small college, he wasn't intimidated by big league hitters, appearing in 21 games and amassing just a 1.93 ERA. He struck out 32 batters in 23 1/3 innings and walked 10 with a WHIP of 1.071.

Paul Konerko EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Since winning the World Series in 2005, it's been title or bust for Williams and Guillen. That's not going to change now.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The biggest question for Williams will be if he can afford to keep Konerko, a White Sox mainstay. Konerko had a huge year and is a free agent, but he'll also be 35 on opening day and will command a big price tag, plus a multiyear contract. If you're going to spend that kind of money, why not give Adam Dunn a shot? Or, heck, go for broke (which they've been known to do) and sign both. The team certainly wouldn't lack power with a Konerko-Dunn tandem.

It'll be easy to let Bobby Jenks go, but who to replace him as the club's closer? I like Matt Thornton, but I'm not so sure Williams/Guillen is ready to lean no the lefty and take him out of the set-up role.

2011 PREDICTION

The Magic 8 Ball tells us to ask again later, there's too much time between now and April to know just what the White Sox will look like. This much is sure, the White Sox will be interesting, even if it's just the manager and general manager.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:24 pm
 

Sale first 2010 draftee to make bigs

The White Sox welcomed 2010 draft prospect Chris Sale to the major leagues after just 10 1/3 innings in the minors.

As the No. 13 overall pick in the draft, Sale split time with high-Class A Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte, posting a 2.61 ERA, striking out 19 and walking six.

"The first time I see this guy on tape, I asked [GM] Kenny [Williams], 'Why don't we have him here tomorrow?' manager Ozzie Guillen told ChicagoBreakingSports.com.

"We sent him to the minor leagues to get his stuff together," Guillen said, noting that Sale had not pitched in a month after being drafted. "I like what I see on tape. He's got a lot of guts. If this kid throws strikes, he should be fine. I'm very excited to have him."

Sale, for his part, is ready to contribute to a team in the pennant race.

"When I get into a game, it's the real deal," the lefty said. "I'll have to perform well and help this team win.''
-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Sale headed to Chicago?

Move over Mike Leake, Chris Sale may be on the way.

As impressive as Leake's complete skipping of the minor leagues was this season, an even more impressive feat would be pitching in the big leagues the same year you're drafted.

The Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez speculates the White Sox's first-round pick from June's draft could be making his debut as soon as tomorrow.

Sale has made 11 appearances in the minors, including seven at Triple-A Charlotte, where he has a 2.84 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Sale was taken No. 13 overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University and signed less than two weeks following the draft. Only two of the players drafted ahead of Sale have even signed.

Gonzalez notes White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn scouted Sale two weeks ago.

The left-hander projects as a starter, but has been used in relief in the minors after he threw 103 innings in college. Coincidently, Monday the Cubs' Casey Coleman became the first-ever Florida Gulf Coast University prospect to make the big leagues. Coleman was drafted in the 15th round of the 2008 draft.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:24 am
 

Harper among Golden Spikes finalists

Last night's No. 1 pick, Bryce Harper, is up for another honor, although one much less lucritive: the Golden Spikes Award, givien to the nation's top collegiate player.

Harper is one of five finalists, and the only junior college player honored.

The other four players named as finalists by USA Baseball are Central Florida infielder/outfielder Chris Duffy, Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, left-hander Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale. Duffy is the only one not to be drafted in the first 13 picks.

Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Indians, Grandal 12th to Cincinnati and Sale 13th to White Sox.

Keeping with the siliness of the era, USA Baseball is opening up voting to fans at www.GoldenSpikesAward.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


 
 
 
 
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