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Chicago’s Sale Headed To DL With Arm Problem

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox delivers during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on April 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 17: Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox delivers during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on April 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is headed to the 15-day disabled list with what the team believes is a strained muscle in his throwing arm.

General manager Rick Hahn says the White Sox are erring on the side of caution, and that an MRI suggests no ligament damage.

Sale was supposed to face Tigers star Justin Verlander on Tuesday night, but now Chicago will be without its ace. Charlie Leesman is expected to start that game instead.

The 25-year-old Sale threw 127 pitches in a loss to Boston on Thursday. He’s 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA on the season.

Sale went 11-14 with a 3.07 ERA in 30 starts last season, emerging as one of the American League’s top pitchers amid a dismal season for the White Sox.

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