Chris Sale's actions in the White Sox' clubhouse Saturday, when he tore apart throwback jerseys to be worn for the game, brought a five-game suspension Sunday. They also brought assurances that the matter will have no impact on his trade status. “I ...
By Toni Ginnetti | For the Sun-Times
Chris Saleâ€™s actions in the White Soxâ€™ clubhouse Saturday, when he tore apart throwback jerseys to be worn for the game, brought a five-game suspension Sunday. They also broughtÂ assurances that the matter will have no impact on his trade status.
â€œI want to make clear the actions of the last 24 hours doesnâ€™t change in any respect our belief that Chris Sale can help this team win a championship,â€™â€™ general manager Rick Hahn said. â€œItâ€™s doesnâ€™t move the needle one iota [on Saleâ€™s trade status].
In a statement released before he met with reporters, Hahn said Sale was suspended â€œfor violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment.Â While we all appreciate Chrisâ€™ talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations.â€
Hahn said he spoke to Sale after the incident Saturday and again Sunday briefly by telephone when he told him of the suspension.
Sale is eligible to return Thursday, possibly to start the final game of the series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Hahn said Sale â€œmight not have agreedâ€™â€™ with the suspension, â€œbut he understood where we were coming from.â€™â€™
Hahn said the decision was made in consultation with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and vice president Ken Williams, though Williams was not at the ballpark when the incident occurred.
Hahn would not comment directly on what happened when Sale reportedly cut up the 1976 replica jerseys players were to wear as part of a promotion planned in the spring. The same replica jerseys were distributed to 20,000 fans attending the game.
Sale was to have started Saturday but didnâ€™t want to wear the uniform because it was uncomfortable.
Hahn added it will be up to Sale how he will talk to teammates and the coaching staff when he returns.
He said the incident will have no impact on how the Sox deal with trade talks that could involve the Cy Young Award candidate, adding he had no impression from Sale that the lefty wants to be traded.
â€œHe goes through this every year,â€™â€™ Hahn saidÂ of trade rumors.
Manager Robin Ventura said Sunday he hadnâ€™t spoken to Sale.
â€œItâ€™s something you deal with. Weâ€™ll deal with it internally and when he gets back,â€™â€™ Ventura said.
Several teammates stuck up for Sale.
â€œChris is Chris,â€™â€™ James Shields said. â€œHeâ€™s one of the better teammates Iâ€™ve been around. He has the playersâ€™ backs.
â€œWe go through different things in your career. Itâ€™s a brotherhood in here. We have each othersâ€™ backs.â€™â€™
Todd Frazier predicted players would put the matter behind them.
â€œItâ€™s a situation that happened. You canâ€™t really look back on it, and thatâ€™s basically all I can really say.â€™â€™
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