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Chances are "slim" that Sale (foot) will be ready to start for the White Sox on Opening Day, according to manager Robin Ventura, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports.

The avulsion fracture in Sale's right foot will keep him away from baseball activities until the middle of March, and he likely won't have enough time to get ready for the start of the season. In the end, this may only come down to Sale missing one start for Chicago, and with the current information we have, he should still be treated like a No. 1 starting pitcher in fantasy. However, the injury is to his landing foot, which means the White Sox will be careful not to rush his recovery, as the team has greater aspirations this year after a flurry of free agent signings and trades to improve the club. Pitching coach Don Cooper said Carlos Rodon would have a better chance of making the starting rotation out of spring training if Sale is not ready for the start of the season. Jeff Samardzija would be the likely choice to take the ball on Opening Day if Sale is not ready.

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Sale has suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at home and is expected to miss three weeks, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

This throws Sale's Opening Day availability in doubt, as he'll basically have only one week to prepare for the season. He's still an elite pitcher and shouldn't miss too much time if any after the start of the season, so don't be too worried about drafting him.

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Sale will start Opening Day for the White Sox, ESPN Chicago reports.

Sale was the definition of an ace in 2014, leading the league with a 10.8 K/9 and allowing two runs or fewer in 18 of his 26 starts. It comes as no surprise that manager Robin Ventura selected him to start Day 1, and he should be among the AL's elite as long as he is healthy.

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Sale pitched six innings Wednesday in the loss to the Tigers, surrendering a run on four hits and three walks while striking out ten.

He did not factor into the decision as his bullpen went on to surrender five more runs over the final two innings. Sale wraps up his season with a 2.17 ERA and a 12-4 record.

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Sale struggled against the Royals on Wednesday, surrendering five runs on nine hits in just five innings of work to take his fourth loss of the season.

He struggled a bit with his command in this one, and the Royals hit two of those mistake pitches over the wall. Lorenzo Cain's three-run home run in the third inning marked just the second time all season Sale has allowed a home run with more than one runner on base, and the fact that he only has four losses for a team that could lose 85-90 games should be seen as an accomplishment. The clunker sent his cumulative ERA back over 2.00, but he should still be in the discussion for this year's AL Cy Young award.

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Sale may only receive two more starts this season if the White Sox stick with a six-man rotation for the rest of the way, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"Right now, we're going probably as what it is, probably just keep the six," Ventura said. Call-up Chris Bassitt is in line to make his third and fourth starts this week, which will reduce the number of outings needed out of Sale by one. Tentatively, both of Sale's starts will come against the AL Central contenders -- Detroit and Kansas City. Fortunately, Sale has done well against them this season - 3-1 in four starts with a 1.56 ERA and a 37:4 K:BB

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Sale (12-3) dominated the A's over eight innings Thursday, striking out nine while allowing just two hits and two walks in a 1-0 victory.

Sale and Scott Kazmir matched zeroes until Kazmir allowed a run in the sixth, and that was all that Chicago's ace would need. The spectacular outing pushed his ERA back under 2.00 for the first time since July 26; with a 1.99, he continues to lead the American League in that category and is tied with Felix Hernandez for the league's best WHIP, 0.92.

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Sale threw eight scoreless innings Thursday against the A's to earn his 12th win of the season.

Sale received an extra day of rest between starts, but he clearly was not thrown from his rhythm. He allowed two singles to Jed Lowrie, and no other Athletic achieved a base hit against Sale. Sale's ERA is now at an AL-leading 1.99, and his 192 strikeouts rank sixth, which is impressive when you consider he has pitched at least 40 innings fewer than all of the guys ahead of him. Even with 12 wins, he should be a top-2 Cy Young candidate come season's end.

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Sale's next start will come Thursday against the A's, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.

Sale last pitched Friday, so he will get an extra day of rest in between starts. Sale, who has yet to face the A's this season, is scheduled to square off against Oakland's Scott Kazmir.

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Sale was sharp again Friday night, allowing just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out five over six innings, but was left with a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Cleveland.

He has been dominant virtually all season with a 2.09 ERA but lack of run support and a shaky bullpen have cost him a considerable number of possible wins. He'll take on Oakland at home in his next start.