CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow in Chicago on Thursday, a precautionary move, the White Sox are saying, to make sure there is nothing wrong with their prized left-hander.
Sale pitched out of bullpen Tuesday night for the first time since he was moved from the starting rotation. He said Tuesday and Wednesday that he feels fine, and the Sox are insisting that he's not hurt.
"He's not hurt, it's more monitoring what's going on and seeing where it's at,'' manager Robin Ventura said before the Sox played the Indians on Wednesday night. "It's kind of precautionary stuff that happens all the time.''
Pitching coach Don Cooper reiterated Wednesday that Sale might return to the rotation at some point this season. Ventura said it's possible but that he'd be surprised if that happens.
"That's something we'll go over when we get back home,'' Ventura said. "I don't see it that way but again, this all happened pretty fast. Getting everybody in the room and expressing it face to face is probably the best thing to do. That's when you get the most information and make the right decision. We'll see when we get everybody in the room.''
Sale was down on himself after Tuesday's 5-3 Sox win against the Indians because he failed to hold a lead for starter John Danks in the eighth inning. He was in much better spirits Wednesday.
""I think this is something that is precautionary, that we all want to get the wrinkles out of this and find our 100 percent if there is or isn't [damage],'' he said. "Pitching last night, did some long toss today, I feel fine so I'm not really worried about it so it's one of those things I got to do, just to make sure."