It wasn't long ago that the Chicago White Sox pulled the plug on the Chris-Sale-in-the-starting-rotation experiment. Sale's numbers were fine - better than that, even - but he wound up dealing with some elbow soreness. The White Sox didn't want to jeopardize Sale's health by stretching him out.
Sale was sent in for a precautionary MRI. Good news, on that front:
Sale's MRI came back "clean and pristine."— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) May 11, 2012
...and now what's this, you say?
Chris Sale will start Saturday, says Kenny Williams. MRI clean.— Dave van Dyck (@davandyck) May 11, 2012
So we're back. The White Sox are pulling the plug on pulling the plug on Sale as a starter. It turns out that Sale lobbied for a return to the rotation, and he lobbied convincingly. With a healthy elbow and promising numbers, Sale had a pretty strong case. It stands to reason that the White Sox will continue to keep a close eye on Sale as he's a valuable piece now and in the future, but Chris Sale is a starter now, again, and we'll just see where this goes. On the year he's got 30 strikeouts to go with nine walks and a 2.73 ERA.