White Sox LHP Chris Sale allows one run in first start back from DL
Sale pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out eight batters and threw 72 of his 98 pitches for strikes.
Sale fractured a bone in his right foot on Feb. 27 while unloading items from his truck and spent spring training on crutches.
[daily_cut.mlb]''I mean, essentially it's a sprained ankle. I'll be fine,'' Sale said in February after the injury was announced. ''They aren't going to have to cut it off. I'll be walking on it in a few days. I'm not going to get down on myself.''
The 26-year-old ace finished third in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season, going 12–4 with a 2.17 ERA, 208 strikeouts and 39 walks in 174 innings. Sale missed a month due to a flexor strain in his left elbow.
The White Sox lost their first four games this season before Saturday's 5–4 win over the Twins. Minnesota righthander Phil Hughes started opposite Sale for Sunday's series finale.
- Mike Fiammetta