The heat isn’t nearly as intense as it was back in April, but Chris Sale is in the middle of another firestorm.
Sale, who starts against the Rangers tonight at the Cell, is not going to make his scheduled start on Sunday.
He will pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Kansas City, and that’s stirred up some controversy.
We’ll let general manager Kenny Williams explain the White Sox’ thinking:
“Well, whether I want to see him (in the All-Star Game) or not, it's going to happen,” Williams said. “Fortunately, we already built in, and I already had mentioned to you guys, a number of weeks or months back, that we were going to give him a break at some point.
“We gave him a break early, albeit that wasn't a planned break. But the planning after that was virtually he pitched on a once a week schedule for the whole first half. And that was our way. I know there were times people were wondering how were we allowing him to pitch 117-119 pitches and at the same time watching him.
“It was basically because at the same time we had him on a college rotation, something he had pitched with before. That wasn't as taxing. Now going into the second half, we give him another break. All-Star Game or not, he was going to get it.
“So, All-Star Game or not, he was going to have to throw a side day right during the break. Hell, we get to do it in front of the entire baseball world. It happens to be an All-Star Game. Go do it. Go for it. You've earned it. You deserve it.”
So there you have it.