Sale throws, is confident for Tuesday

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale threw a ball Saturday for the first time since he was scratched from his last start and pronounced himself on track to take the mound Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

Sale played catch in the outfield before Saturday’s game and is planning on throwing a full between-start bullpen session at some point Sunday.

“Yeah, it went real well,” Sale said. “It felt a lot better than I actually thought it would be. Everything is on track and be ready to go on Tuesday.”

Sale was supposed to pitch Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, but a day before that outing the White Sox announced that he had a slight bout of tendonitis in his left posterior shoulder.

Saturday’s throwing session, supervised by pitching coach Don Cooper, was Sale’s first since a between-start bullpen early in the week. It was far from strenuous as he maxed out at 100 feet. The injury was first discovered by the team when Sale reported more soreness than usual after his May 17 outing.

Saturday’s throwing session was meant to slowly get him headed toward Tuesday’s start.

“Coop just was reiterating, same thing with (trainer) Herm (Schneider), to get some blood flow,” Sale said. “You are not trying to get work, just trying to get it loose and see it feels. Throw a little bit more (Sunday) and get a little bit more behind it.”