07/03/12 9:18 PM ET
GM Williams eyeing market, returning pitchers
By Brian Hedger / Special to MLB.com
Sale to miss start before All-Star Game
CHICAGO -- The first little midseason break for Chris Sale wasn't planned and came about as a way to take some stress off his left arm.This next break was planned around the All Star break all along, only Sale will actually be a participant in the All-Star Game itself -- likely getting an inning to himself. According to White Sox general manager Ken Williams, Sale's start on Tuesday night against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field will be his last until after the All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City. "Well, whether I want to see him or not [in the All-Star Game], it's going to happen," Williams told reporters prior to Tuesday night's game against Texas. "Fortunately, we already built in ... a number of weeks or months back ... that we were going to give him a break at some point." That point was determined to be the upcoming All-Star break. Sale missed a start in early May and worked an inning out of the bullpen amid speculation that he would go back to the closer's role that he held down last season. Instead, he came back to the starting rotation and finished May strong. Williams said the plan for Sale in the season's first half was to have him pitch once a week to monitor his workload, with a planned break for the All-Star Game. Now, he'll get about 12 days away from starting when he likely misses his next turn in the rotation -- which would happen on Sunday at home against Toronto. "Now, going into the second half, we give him another break," Williams said. "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. 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." White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sale will not just be sitting around during his down time from the mound, so he's not too worried about his hard-throwing young starter getting rusty. He said circumstances will determine Sale's next start after the break. "He can still throw, so it's not like he's going to take a full 12 days off and not do anything," Ventura said. "We're looking to do what's best for him and us. He's a big part of our rotation, so maybe we'll start back up [after the break] and maybe he won't throw the first game, but again, it's looking at him and how he's doing and where we're at ... who we're facing, things like that."
Humber not feeling pain after rehab start
CHICAGO -- Injured starter Philip Humber was back in the White Sox clubhouse prior to Tuesday night's home game against the Rangers and talked about his first rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Charlotte.Humber, a right-hander who's been out since June 17 with an elbow flexor strain, allowed two runs and three hits in 2 1/3 innings, but said the pain from his injury wasn't noticeable. "I'm working hard and trying to maintain a positive attitude," Humber said. "It's a flexor tendon. It's where that burn is. I haven't felt it, so, knock on wood, it's gone and we're moving up from here." Humber, who's expects to make at least one more Minor League start before being activated for the second half of the season after the All-Star break, was pleased overall with his first time back on the mound. "(My curveball) was OK," Humber said. "I didn't throw many of them. Just focused on fastball-changeup. Decent. I walked the first batter, of course. After that, it was pretty good. I got fatigued in the third inning, but was OK."
Danks plays catch, tired of sitting on DL
CHICAGO -- White Sox left-hander John Danks is getting antsy to pitch again, but there's still no timetable for his return from the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain in the subscapularis muscle of his left shoulder.Danks received a cortisone shot on Friday and had a diagnostic ultrasound performed on the area Monday, but he hadn't yet spoken with doctors to get the results of the test when meeting with reporters prior to Tuesday night's game against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field. Danks, who last pitched on May 19 in a win against the Cubs, resumed his rehab activities on Tuesday by playing catch off flat ground. "It felt a little sore, but it might have been from the [cortisone] shot still," Danks said. "We're doing everything we know to do. Hopefully, [I'll] be back soon. I just played catch. It'd been a few days since I'd thrown. It went well." Not being able to nail down a date for his return, however, isn't sitting as comfortably. "This DL stuff is getting old," Danks quipped. "If I can just get over the soreness, that will tell us a lot, but hopefully it's soon. I'm champing at the bit and getting impatient now. I've been on the DL long enough and it's been kind of the same thing every day. I'm ready to just start playing."
A.J., Washington defuse All-Star snub talk
CHICAGO -- Just two days after White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski groused about being left off the American League All-Star team by Rangers manager Ron Washington, the two saw each other in person at U.S. Cellular Field.The White Sox hosted the Rangers for the first game of a three-game series in the week leading up to the All Star break, but neither Pierzynski nor Washington was in the mood to continue the discussion. Washington had singled out Pierzynski as a deserving player by the numbers. Washington instead took Minnesota's Joe Mauer as the third catcher behind the Rangers' Mike Napoli (the fans' vote winner) and Baltimore's Matt Wieters (players' vote winner). Pierzynski initially bristled at the idea of Washington feeling bad about not including him, but said it was a non-issue. "I'm kind of over the whole All-Star thing," said the White Sox catcher, who entered Tuesday's game hitting .285 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs. "It's nice to hear [Washington's comments], but it doesn't change anything. I'm looking forward to four days at my house and getting away from baseball and seeing all my family." Washington was equally tight-lipped about the perceived snub. "I was asked the question, I brought up Pierzynski's name," Washington said. "I said what I said from my heart and I have no more comment on it. That's about it." Washington was also asked if he'd consider Pierzynski to fill any potential openings on the team that might occur over the next week -- a possibility the White Sox catcher said he wasn't even thinking about. "[I've] just got to see where that spot opens up," Washington said. White Sox manager Robin Ventura, himself a former All-Star third baseman, said he understands both sides of the issue. "He deserves to go, but this happens every year and it's happened for years and years and years," Ventura said. "He deserves to go. He's played great. But unless they expand the rosters, this is going to be something we're going to be talking about all the time. Alex [Rios] is the same way. He has numbers and has played as well as anyone in right field. It happens every year. It just so happens we have two of them on this team."
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.