Sale will pitch Sunday at Oakland, the same spot he would have pitched if he had a full outing Tuesday. The left-hander didn't even throw 40 pitches against the Cubs before the rain hit and the team circulated the idea of bringing him back Saturday on short rest.
In the end, bringing Sale back early did not give the White Sox a significant advantage.
"Looking at it, there is nothing really gained (since) he faces the same teams where you would slot him in at," manager Robin Ventura said. "To give him an extra day is continuing with taking care of him and making sure he feels good when he goes out there."
Pitching coach Don Cooper was of the opinion that Tuesday's rain was actually a benefit for Sale. Since the staff ace had been out since May 17 because of shoulder tendinitis, the 37 pitches he threw Tuesday ended up being a side session at game speed.
"We had a chance to take it out for a real nice test run," Cooper said. "It was more than a sideline. Let's call it a real good extended sideline. That test run was good. We got it out of the way. It was a break for him and we were losing the game 2-0 so that's a little break for us. And the bullpen guys got another day to regroup."
Sale admitted that a little tightness still lingered in the shoulder so Tuesday's short outing was a bit of a break.
"I mean I guess it's the only positive you can take from it," Sale said. "I'm kind of working my way back up to pitch count. But yeah, we talked about it this morning going my regular day."