Chris Sale's next appearance after facing the Texas Rangers tonight will probably be in the All-Star Game.
Sale's scheduled turn in the rotation on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays will be skipped as the White Sox follow through on their plan to keep him fresh through his first season as a starter.
"Whether I want to see it or not, it's going to happen,'' Sox general manager Ken Williams said of Sale pitching in Kansas City on July 10.
Sale was named to the All-Star team on Sunday. The Sox are playing Sunday's starter by ear, manager Robin Ventura said. They could make a callup, or, depending on who's fresh with a four-day break following Sunday, use several pitchers.
Sale takes a 9-2 record and 2.27 ERA into Tuesday's game against the Rangers' deep lineup. As for starting the midsummer classic, that won't happen if Williams can help it. Detroit's Justin Verlander is a logical choice, anyway.
"That's something I don't foresee happening,'' Williams said. "So on the front side and back side of [the All-Star Game] he's going to get his rest and catch his third wind and hopefully finish strong.''