Latest on Sale, Jeter, Abreu
There always seems to be a million things going on when the White Sox return home from a road trip, and today is no different.
Let's get right to it:
-Chris Sale comes off the disabled list and returns to the mound tonight for the first time since April 17, when pitched 7 innings against the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field and allowed 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 10.
Sale also threw a career-high 127 pitches vs. Boston, and he wound up being sidelined with a strained flexor muscle near his left elbow.
Fortunately for Sale and the White Sox, season-ending surgery was not required. Now the Sox' ace is back, and he will be watched very closely.
General manager Rick Hahn was asked if he talked to manager Robin Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper about Sale's pitch count tonight.
"Oh, yeah," Hahn said. "Normally, you have guys at a certain level of strength where they are without restriction on a give night. We are still in the process of rebuilding Chris back to his previous level. We absolutely have had conversations about what to expect tonight. I assure you he's going to be watched closely for any signs of fatigue or stress and we will respond accordingly."
-Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has moved from the North Side to the South Side, and these next four games vs. the White Sox will be his last in Chicago, barring an unexpected postseason matchup.
"There are a lot of things, a lot of games here," said Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season. "I remember my first year coming here toward the end of the year, the pitcher (James) Baldwin, we were going for Rookie of the Year, they were saying it was a big matchup. I ended up hitting a home run that night. I remember that. Throughout the years, Chicago has always had great teams that have played us tough, especially here."
-So far, it looks like Jose Abreu will be able to come off the disabled list on time.
The White Sox' rookie slugger is out with inflammation in his left ankle.
"He's here today, receiving treatment," Rick Hahn said. "He remains in the boot and will stay in the boot through the weekend. We'll re-evaluate next week. So far he's progressing and we continue to be optimistic about him being ready about the time the 15 days are up."
Abreu, who leads the majors with 15 home runs and ranks second with 42 RBI, landed on the DL on April 18.
-The Sox announced their starters for the rest of the Yankees series.
Hector Noesi opposes Hiroki Kuroda Friday night, John Danks opposes Vidal Nuno Saturday afternoon and Andre Rienzo opposes Masahiro Tanaka Sunday afternoon.
With Chris Sale back from the DL, reliever Frank Francisco was designated for assignment.
That means Scott Carroll goes from the rotation to long man in the bullpen.
Carroll was 1-3 with a 6.49 ERA in 5 starts with the White Sox.
"They just said, 'Hey, we're going to need to use you in the bullpen as the long guy,’” Carroll said. “I kind of welcomed it. I think it's going to be a great opportunity because it's still going to be able to have some structure, you know, as far as any position in the bullpen. This one has the most structure, as far as a reliever, because I'm going to throw multiple innings, I know I'm going to be out there for a little while and it kind of gives me a chance to still have a routine, even though I'm not starting. I think it's going to be a great opportunity.”
Ellsbury – 8
Jeter – DH
Teixeira – 3
Soriano – 9
Solarte – 5
Roberts – 4
Murphy – 2
Ryan – 6
Almonte – 7
Eaton – 8
Beckham – 4
Gillaspie – 5
Viciedo – 9
Dunn – 3
Ramirez – 6
Konerko – DH
De Aza – 7
Flowers – 2