Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Chisox send ace Sale home over uniform dispute

CHICAGO — White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start against the Tigers on Saturday night, reportedly over a dispute over a throwback jersey that the left-hander did not want to wear.

The White Sox were set to wear 1976 throwbacks, which Sale found uncomfortable and refused to put on. According to multiple reports, Sale cut up all the throwback jerseys during batting practice.

The White Sox instead played in 1983 white, red and blue throwbacks.

The team would only say that Sale was involved in a "nonphysical clubhouse incident" and was sent home.

"The incident, which was nonphysical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club," GM Rick Hahn said in a statement. "The White Sox will have no additional comment until the investigation is completed."

The White Sox clubhouse was open to reporters for only 20 minutes before it was closed for a team meeting before the game. Manager Robin Ventura did not discuss the incident later in his pregame availability.

RHP Matt Albers started in Sale's place, and the White Sox planned to use multiple relievers. The crowd booed when Albers was announced as the starter as the teams warmed up.

Sale had been shown as the starter on the scoreboard until about 15 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

With the White Sox fading from playoff contention, Sale's name has been mentioned as a possible trade target for contending teams.

VETERAN'S COMMITTEE: Baseball's Hall of Fame has again revamped its veterans' committees, attempting to increase consideration for more contemporary players, managers, umpires and executives. Under the change announced by the Hall's board of directors, there will be separate committees for Today's Game (1988-2016), Modern Baseball (1970-87), Golden Days (1950-69) and Early Baseball (1871-1949). Today's Game and Modern Baseball will vote twice every five years, Golden Days once every five years and Early Baseball once every 10 years. Also, former SS Ozzie Smith was named to the Hall of Fame's board of directors.

BLUE JAYS: 1B Chris Colabello was reinstated from the restricted list after serving an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

ORIOLES: C Matt Wieters, who has been out the past week with a bruised right foot, hopes to return to the starting lineup Monday.

PADRES: Top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona agreed to a minor-league contract with a $7 million signing bonus. The 19-year-old outfielder was ranked as the No. 8 international prospect of this year's class by mlb.com.

PHILLIES: C Cameron Rupp was pulled in the third inning after being hit on the helmet by a pitch from Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow.

RED SOX: TV analyst Jerry Remy was hit in the head by a falling TV monitor as swirling winds caused havoc during the first inning at Fenway Park. Remy was sent home but is expected to be in the booth today. … OF Mookie Betts was out of the starting lineup after an MRI exam on his right knee revealed swelling and a buildup of fluid but no structural damage. … RH closer Craig Kimbrel, out since July 9 with a ligament tear in his left knee, is set to throw a bullpen session today or Monday.

TWINS: C Kurt Suzuki left in the second inning after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball. He was cleared of a concussion.

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Published: 02/17/18