Chris Sale smiled as he talked about his time in Chicago. The White Sox praised Sale’s work ethic and attitude, and Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell called him a true competitor and great teammate.
There was lots of love for Sale in Chicago on Monday, from every corner of his longtime home.
The left-hander received a warm welcome in his return to Chicago following his trade to Boston last winter. The White Sox saluted Sale with a highlight video during the first inning of their game against the Red Sox, and the pitcher waved his hat to the cheering crowd, pointed to the home dugout and patted his heart.
“I had a lot of good times here — a lot of friends still over there,” said Sale, who pitches against his former team for the first time on Tuesday night.
• Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was carted off the field at PNC Park after injuring his right ankle against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Polanco was heading toward foul territory attempting to catch a ball off the bat off left fielder Yasmany Tomas in the top of the sixth. His ankle got caught at the base of a short fence that separates the stands from the playing field. Polanco’s momentum carried his upper body over the wall, with his foot and ankle stuck at the bottom of it.
• Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left the game against the Chicago White Sox with a sprained left wrist. Pedroia was replaced by Josh Rutledge before the White Sox batted in the second in Chicago.
Pedroia took a nasty tumble after he grounded to first in the first inning. Jose Abreu slid into the bag for the out and Pedroia went right over the top of the big first baseman.
• Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is finally set to start his 20th major league season. Beltre was activated from disabled list and in the lineup for Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay.
He has missed the whole season so far because of a right calf strain, after also having issues with his left calf during spring training.
• Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and might need surgery that could sideline him for eight weeks.
The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.
• Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are each scheduled to make one more rehab start in the minors before joining the New York Mets’ rotation.
In another injury update, General Manager Sandy Alderson said the team hopes slugger Yoenis Cespedes will be ready to come off the disabled list in a week to 10 days — perhaps in time to be the designated hitter during a two-game series at Texas that begins June 6.