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January 14, 2011

Don Cooper is confident Chris Sale can make it as a starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 14, 2011 9:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

… That pitching education translates into Cooper feeling confident in Sale doing more than surviving a potential switch, even with his high-water innings-pitched mark checking in at 136 last season.

“No, I think we are OK,” said Cooper, when questioned directly as to whether Sale’s mechanics needed to be altered. “He does some things, he’s a low three-quarter guy, so I don’t see anything there. But listen, he’s going to have to get stronger.

“I know the delivery and what to look for, and with the way we do things with the White Sox, we’ve been doing it well here for a long time. I work hard to get this information. I see nothing with Sale that throws up a red flag.”

Coop, also, says:

“If we decided to start Sale, I’m ultra-confident we would get him to have a solid season,” Cooper said. “But I also look back on Danks and when we had Clayton Richard, where you know in a guy’s rookie season there will be times he trips and falls and times he does well. It takes time and patience for us to get a guy on the line of a Danks.”We took some lumps and gave some lumps,” added Cooper of Danks’ inaugural starting effort. “But we were not going anywhere as a team in 2007.” 

Does Cooper imply Sale should go to the minors if the Sox choose a starting role of him?

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