Sale hasn't been allowed around his teammates during his five-day suspension, instead staying home to prepare for Thursday's start, or perhaps fine tune his nascent tailoring skills.
Yet when he arrived to the clubhouse on Saturday, the "76 jerseys were in the players" stalls.
"It has definitely been a swing of emotions", Sox right fielder Adam Eaton said. There have been rumors of late that the White Sox might look to deal Sale - who is under contract through 2017 with team options for 2018 and 2019 - by the August 1 trading deadline. He said his beef was a competitive issue.
Ventura, who called Sale "emotional", said the ace remains a leader of the team and said it was "nothing that can't be smoothed over". "I'll never understand why we need to do something on the business side on the field that might impede us winning a game", Sale said. "Absolutely not", he said. Absolutely not. Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning?
Sale is scheduled to take the mound again on Thursday against the Cubs. Before the season, it was the Battle of Drake LaRoche and whether he belonged around the White Sox.
The White Sox struck first in the bottom of the first when Jose Abreu drove in Adam Eaton with a two-out single to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Sale said the players weren't fans of these jerseys, which were very large at the time and hard to play in. "I think they're about playing, and we'll go with that until something needs to be addressed. I don't know what they are thinking now or what's going on".
Sale could otherwise be a model teammate, but that could be hard for Major League Baseball teams to get a grasp on at this point, especially when the best he has the offer as this point is "I have disappointment in myself".
- The White Sox suspended Sale for five games in the wake of the incident. "That's it", Frazier said of the trade discussion. You can see it in everybody's faces.
Ventura denied that he didn't put winning first. "We love the way he goes about his business".
Sale was firm that he doesn't regret standing up for he believes in.
If it seems like we've seen this scenario play out before, that's because it has.
Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on June 26, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The current one expires in December.
New York Yankees pitcher Chasen Shreve said: "Pitchers like their stuff". "It's no different in our clubhouse. As far as playing, guys are just moving on and playing".
Here's the main thing about Sale: He's really, really good. He was the 13th overall pick out of Florida Gulf Coast in 2010 and has been selected as an All-Star five times.
Tigers: Detroit opens a three-game series at Boston, with RHP Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.74 ERA) pitching for the Tigers and LHP Drew Pomeranz (8-7, 2.83) for the Red Sox.
"I don't think I would be traded", Sale said, per Merkin.