So what has [Chris] Sale learned so far on this path toward the major leagues?
“Bring it down,” he said. “In college, I could get away with just throwing as hard as I could. Now it’s not about how hard you throw, it’s where you throw it.”
July 13, 2010
Manager Joe McEwing said that there was other cause for celebration last night, although Dash fans might not share as much enthusiasm. Three players — closer Kyle Bellamy, shortstop Eduardo Escobar and reliever Chris Sale — all will move up the Chicago White Sox ladder today.
Escobar, who hit .285 and scored a team-leading 57th run last night, and Bellamy, who improved to 5-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average with a victory in relief last night, have been reassigned to Class AA Birmingham. Sale, a first-round pick in last month’s major-league draft, is being bumped up to Class AAA Charlotte.
“This is the fun part of the job,” McEwing said. “To see the kids get closer to their dream is pretty rewarding.”
UPDATE: Sale’s reaction:
“I was stunned at first,” said Sale, who gave up two runs, one earned, in his one inning of work.” They said, ‘You did fine and got yourself out of a jam.’ Then they said, ‘You’re going to Triple A. Congratulations.’ It was like, ‘Wow.’ ”
Here’s Video #1.
And the print edition:
Jake Peavy (strained lat, ERD 10/4)
Peavy’s retracted lat strain is relatively unique, but not quite as unique as I’d thought. A Dodgers farmhand, Brett Leach, had a very similar surgery a few years back, performed by my number three super-surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Leach was able to come back without significant difficulty and, according to Kevin Goldstein, he got his velocity back quickly, losing only time to injury. This is definitely a positive indicator for Peavy, and confirms the earlier thought that he’d be able to come back at some point near spring training 2011. I spoke with Dr. ElAttrache about the surgery, and he confirmed most of what I knew: the surgery is relatively simple, a matter of tacking the tendon back into place. Leach has had good results with no setbacks of any type, and if Peavy recovers on a similar timeline, he’ll be back at 100 percent by next spring. Dr. ElAttrache wasn’t sure that the run of lat strains that we’ve had lately was more than coincidence, but he noted that the lat is both an accelerator and a decelerator in the shoulder, an unusual circumstance. None of the training programs that most pitchers do have any specific activities for the lat the way that many focus on the rotator cuff, so it’s a possibility if this turns out to be a sign that the lat is breaking down within the kinetic chain.