Chicago White Sox aceChrisSalewas scratched from his start against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night after he was involved in what the team said was a “non physical clubhouse incident.”
Sale, who was to attempt to become the majors’ first 15 game winner, was sent home from the park.
“The incident, which was non physical in nature, wholesale nfl jerseys currently is under further investigation by the club,” general manager 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.
Right hander Matt Albers started inSale’splace 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, a former FGCU star, had been shown as the starter on the scoreboard until about 15 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, which was delayed 10 minutes by rain.
With the White Sox fading from playoff contention,Sale’sname has been mentioned as a possible trade target for contending teams.
The left hander, 14 3 with a 3.18 ERA, has been outspoken in the past.
Salewas openly critical of team president Ken Williams during spring training when he said the son of teammate Adam LaRoche would no longer be allowed in the clubhouse. LaRoche retired as a result, and Salehung LaRoche’s jersey in his locker.
The 27 year oldSalehas said he’d like to stay in Chicago. He was the 13th overall pick out of Florida Gulf Coast in 2010 and has been selected as an All Star five times. He started for the American League in this month’s All Star Game.
Sale, who is 71 43 in his career, entered the day leading the majors with 133 innings pitched and three complete games.
In his last outing Monday,Saleallowed one hit over eight shutout innings before closer David Robertson gave up four runs in the ninth in Chicago’s loss to Seattle.
The White Sox, who started 23 10, had dropped eight of nine games before Saturday and sat in fourth place in the AL Central, creating speculation thatSaleand fellow lefty Jose Quintana could be dealt.