White Sox lefty Chris Sale's missed start was just what he needed.
After being scratched from his anticipated matchup with the Red Sox' Clay Buchholz last Wednesday, Sale came away from his side session Sunday feeling as good as ever. The shoulder (tendinitis) was good. Even his elbow, which caused a brief but well-publicized problem last year, felt fresh.
"I threw a bullpen yesterday and actually feel better today than I have any other day leading up to now,'' Sale said Monday before the Sox played the Cubs in the first of two games at U.S. Cellular Field. "Treat it like any other start and go out there and leave it out there.''
Sale will start against the Cubs Tuesday, opposed by former teammate Edwin Jackson.
"I know I'm going to come in here and pitch tomorrow however long I might be, that will be up to them,'' he said when asked if he'll be restricted to a pitch count.
"I'm worried about going out there and winning a ball game and not how bad I might be. Yeah, just knocked the rust off the last couple of days and hopefully it was enough.''
Based on how he felt during the side session, Sale is convinced missing a turn was the right call even though it was something he argued against.
"I feel like I have, even better than any other start leading up to now,'' he said. "Not only was it good for my shoulder but my elbow feels great too not throwing for a few days. My body feels better, so hopefully this will last for the rest of the season.''