Carlos Quintana gave the White Sox exactly what they needed after getting news that ace Chris Sale will miss his next start tonight against the Boston Red Sox.
Quintana took a no hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a hit to Red Sox DH David Ortiz. The White Sox win gave them their first home series win since April 5-7.
The bad news is that Sale will miss a start due to a sore shoulder. White Sox Manager Robin Ventura said Sale is being held out simply for precautionary measures.
Sale, who is 5-2, has a scoreless streak of 23 innings while limiting opponents to just a .192 batting average.
“It was one of those things I figured I’d pitch through,” Sale said after Tuesday’s game. “I’ve pitched through soreness, but this was different than that. I was advised of it.”
This is the type of injury that critics have talked about since Sale was picked in the first round of the draft in 2010. Those same critics said it was just a matter of time before Sale would hurt himself due to his violent wind up and small frame.
Sale said that he will be ready to pitch on his next turn in the rotation next Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.
Sale said the discomfort didn’t allow him to throw a long toss or a bullpen session before Wednesday’s scheduled start. He said his arm felt fine during his last start Friday at Anaheim, in which he pitched 7 2/3 innings of three-hit ball. He also threw 113 pitches in that appearance.
Lefthander Hector Santiago will fill in for Sale as tonight’s starting pitcher. Santiago threw a 40 pitch bullpen session before Tuesday’s game.
The best news that came out of the win Tuesday night was the home run by Jeff Keppinger, who seems to finally be getting comfortable in the batter’s box.