Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is
expected to miss three weeks with a broken foot that could affect his
availability for Opening Day.
Sale suffered an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot in an
accident at home on Friday, the White Sox announced Saturday.
The left-hander underwent X-rays Saturday morning at Banner Estrella hospital
near the team’s spring training facility in Glendale.
His status for Opening Day will be clearer once the swelling in his foot goes
down and further tests are performed, the White Sox said.
They begin the season April 6 in Kansas City.
Sale, 25, had a 2.17 ERA in 26 starts last season with a 12-4 record and 208
strikeouts in 174 innings. He ranked fifth in the majors with a 0.97 WHIP and
finished third in voting for the AL Cy Young Award.
He went on the disabled list for the first time in his career on April 22 with
a flexor muscle strain in his left arm, missing a month.
Sale is 44-29 with a 2.76 ERA in 165 career games for the White Sox, including
85 starts. He has been a starter for the past three seasons after pitching out
of the bullpen from 2010-11.