White Sox ace Chris Sale scratched due to clubhouse incident

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Amid a flurry of trade rumors, White Sox ace Chris Sale was been scratched from his scheduled start against the Tigers on Saturday due to a “clubhouse incident,” the team announced.

“Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start and sent home from the ballpark by the White Sox due to a clubhouse incident before the game.” team president and general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club.”

Prior to the statement, there were conflicting reports that Sale was feeling ill before the game.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Sale’s incident was with the team’s front office, and not his teammates.

Earlier in the day, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported Chicago was asking for “five top prospects” in exchange for Sale. The Red Sox and Rangers have reportedly shown interest in the lefthander.

The 27-year-old has posted a 14–3 record in 19 starts this season with a 3.18 ERA. He leads the league with three complete games and 133 innings pitched.

– Kenny Ducey

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