Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago’s South Side.
At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.
Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.
The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night’s outing.
Asked how emotional he’ll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:
“I don’t have time to think about that right now,” he said. “Get ready for it like any other start. I’ve pitched there a lot so I should be alright.”
Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn’t strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.
On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).
The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.
Before the White Sox postponed Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader, the organization traded veteran utilityman Ryan Raburn to the Washington Nationals.
Raburn. 36, signed with the White Sox as a free agent in the second week of April.
The White Sox will receive either cash or a player to be named.
Raburn has not played in the majors this season, appearing in 27 games with Triple-A Charlotte and hitting .277 with a .419 on-base percentage and .853 OPS.
He’s an 11-year MLB veteran with 91 career homers and a .753 OPS throughout stops such as the Detroit Tigers (2004-12), Cleveland Indians (2013-15) and Colorado Rockies (2016).
The right-handed hitting Raburn has been a platoon player for much of his career, compiling an .827 OPS against left-handed pitching compared to a .685 OPS against righties.
Raburn has appeared in at least 19 games at seven different positions on the field (first base, second base, third base, all three outfield spots and DH) and has even pitched twice.
The White Sox announced they have added pitcher Tyler Danish from Triple-A Charlotte as the 26th player for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.
In a series of roster moves, the White Sox also recalled relief pitcher Juan Minaya from Charlotte and placed starting pitcher Dylan Covey on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
The 23-year-old Danish will start the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. In eight starts with the Knights this season, Danish has a 1-3 record with a 3.15 ERA.
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In 10 appearances with the Knights, Minaya has a 1-0 record with a 1.23 ERA.
Covey is 0-4 with an 8.12 ERA in eight starts with the White Sox in 2017. Covey left last Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after just 2.1 innings pitched with oblique soreness.
The White Sox and Tigers get underway from Guaranteed Rate Field at 7 p.m. on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.