4/29/2014 1:23 A.M. ET
Rehab stint unlikely for Sale, but return uncertain
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale played catch for a second straight day, but there's no timetable for his return.
The White Sox ace, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 18 with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm, is eligible to come back this weekend in Cleveland. That return does not seem plausible as of now.
"We're not worried about if he throws when the time's up on the disabled list," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. "First of all, we've got to play some more catch, and then we've got to get to a light sideline and get all that on track.
"Listen, the last few years he's had something and we shut him down. Why? Because we wanted to take care of him, and that's what we're doing right now. And when he's able to go, he'll be out there and really not one second before.
"He's playing catch. He's loosening up, feeling better each day," Cooper said. "We don't really have a timetable. I haven't spoken to [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] yet today, but we speak on the bench every night when it comes, and he's starting to feel even better as days go on."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn't believe Sale will need to go on a Minor League rehab stint before he comes back, with Sale having the ability to get that work done with the White Sox. He also doesn't feel the team is taking any extra precautionary measures this time compared to the time in each of Sale's previous two years as a starter that he has been shut down.
"No. It's the same. It's the same," Ventura said. "The times before, the first time we were more cautious than anything moving him from being a starter. But having gone through it, this is just part of stuff that has happened to him before, you just want to make sure.
"He's the one that will let you know when he's feeling good enough. He'll know when he's ready."
Dunn picks up tab for Carroll's celebration
CHICAGO -- Scott Carroll was getting ready to leave the home clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday after finishing off his Major League debut and first big league victory. Before departing, the 29-year-old White Sox rookie asked teammate Adam Dunn for a restaurant recommendation in Chicago.
The only catch was that the restaurant needed to be able to accommodate 35 friends and family members who were in town for the contest against the Rays. Dunn made a few calls to set things up for Carroll at a local establishment called Timothy O'Toole's in the downtown area.
"I just thought he was reserving the spot for me," said Carroll with a laugh, speaking prior to Monday's contest.
Dunn did more than reserve the spot. The veteran designated hitter picked up the entire tab for Carroll's group. It was Dunn's way of paying tribute to the impressive 7 1/3-inning outing for Carroll, who had pitched 138 games over eight Minor League seasons before getting to the Majors.
"This kid pitched great. I know how special it is to kind of remember your first time," Dunn said. "It's just something that was done for me when I was young. That's one cool part of the game where hopefully one day he'll be in position where he's able to do it."
"It doesn't surprise me that Adam did that. A guy comes up, has a day like that, you're trying to figure out where to take 30 people. He's as good a teammate as there is," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "That's part of being around good people, and he was fortunate when he came up to play with some guys who were the same way."
Ventura pointed out that Dunn didn't want any recognition for his actions, but it was good to see team stuff like that for two players who didn't really know each other that well.
"We played together in Spring Training, but other than that, no," said Carroll of his past friendship with Dunn. "It just shows the kind of guy he is, willing to do that for me playing just one game."
"Carroll last night, that was awesome," Dunn said. "That's an awesome story and you've got 24 guys who are really happy for him."
Abreu shares AL Player of the Week honors
CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager shared American League Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 27.
Abreu batted .310 (9-for-29) with one double, five homers, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored in seven games to become the first White Sox rookie to win AL Player of the Week since infielder Josh Fields on Sept. 24, 2007.
"I was just like, 'Man, I know that's an award every player would like to have,'" said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "Once again, I thank God. And the first thing I thought of was my mom. I wish she was here so she could see it as well. I know she's going to be very happy."
Abreu has set the March/April Major League rookie record with 10 homers and 32 RBIs. He also has proven to be able to make adjustments within games, let alone within weeks of games.
"When I got out of Cuba, I said to myself, 'I'm going to be ready mentally for any kind of adversity I may have,'" Abreu said. "I don't really know what kind of adjustments they will be making on me, but if they make adjustments, I will be making adjustments on them as well. God willing, we'll have success again."
The rookie sensation continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 performance in Monday's 7-3 victory over the Rays. He is 16-for-42 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 10 games and has 10 homers and 26 RBIs in his last 20.
Paulino expected to pitch in Minors on Saturday
CHICAGO -- After taking five days off completely from throwing when he first was sidelined, Felipe Paulino is moving closer to a Minor League start as the next step in his injury rehab. Paulino was placed on the disabled list April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.
"He's got one more sideline on Wednesday. We've had two already, a light one, a medium, and we're going to have a heavier one on Wednesday," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He'll pitch somewhere Saturday, I would imagine, but I haven't spoken to anybody about that. But that's kind of the plan."
Paulino, 30, has gone 0-2 with an 11.29 ERA in four starts this season after not pitching in the Majors since June 6, 2012, following ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery and shoulder issues. While Paulino worked hard to be ready for the start of this current campaign, he might have needed more preparatory time to take his recovery to the next level.
Along with getting healthy, Paulino knows he has to be better to earn a rotation spot again.
"I believe I have to do well there. I have to do well because I want to make sure my arm responds well and after that, get everything right," Paulino said. "I want to come back here and come back to do the right thing. Give the team a chance to win.
"We worked so hard to be good, but sometimes your body is not ready and you have to hang on with that soreness, up and down, up and down. I want to be good and I want to do it right, but sometime you have to listen to your body. Just figure out the best way to keep in shape and I believe it will be OK. Just try to understand what's going on with me right now."
Third to first
• Jeff Keppinger remains at extended spring camp, but Ventura said there was no update on how the infielder's right shoulder has progressed.
• Reliever Nate Jones still is not ready for baseball activities. The right-handed reliever was placed on the disabled list with soreness in his back.
• Carroll praised Triple-A pitching coach Richard Dotson for influencing both his physical and mental preparation on the mound.
• Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon likes what he sees from the White Sox.
"There's a grittiness about them right now," Maddon said. "There's no, they're not, I'm not saying they did this last year, they're not mailing anything in. Their at-bats are really sound right now."
• Wednesday's White Sox starter remains to be determined, although it could be new acquisition Hector Noesi, if he's not needed prior to the afternoon contest against the Tigers.