Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from Wednesday night’s start against Boston because of tendinitis in his left pitching shoulder.
The Sox made the announcement in the top of the second inning of Tuesday’s game, adding that the decision was made as a precautionary measure. Fellow left-hander Hector Santiago will start in Sale’s spot.
The Sox added that Sale is expected to make his next start May 28 against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale (5-2) has a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings. This is the first time he’s had an ailment of any form this season. He had a brief bout of tendinitis last May in his first full season as a major league starter and was given extra rest on three occasions to ensure his health.
Sale is seventh in the American League with a 2.53 ERA and has thrown 64 innings. He has limited opponents to a .192 batting average, third lowest in the AL.
Sale was scheduled to face Clay Buchholz (6-0).