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Chris Sale’s injury casts doubt on opener status vs. Royals

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale throws a ball during a spring training baseball workout last Saturday in Phoenix.
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale throws a ball during a spring training baseball workout last Saturday in Phoenix. AP

The presumed Opening Day starting pitcher against the Royals became less obvious on Saturday.

Chris Sale, the White Sox’ lefty ace, suffered a foot injury on Saturday and is expected to miss three weeks of spring training.

His status to be the starter on Opening Day, on April 6 at Kauffman Stadium, will be determined upon his return, the club said.

Sale suffered an avulsion facture on the lateral side of his right foot in an accident at his home while unloading a truck said White Sox general manager Rich Hahn. He had X-rays taken at a Glendale hospital on Saturday morning and will undergo further tests.

“This is a minor setback,” Sale told the Chicago Tribune. “I’m not losing any faith. I’m not going to get down on myself. I’m just rehabbing a foot. I’ll be back before no time.”

Sale, who finished third in last year’s Cy Young voting, finished 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 208 strikeouts over 174 innings.

He went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA against the Royals last season.

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