White Sox suspend Sale following clubhouse incident


The Chicago White Sox have suspended ace Chris Sale for five days after an incident in the clubhouse before his scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers in MLB on Saturday.

In a statement released Sunday, the White Sox cited violation of team rules, insubordination and destroying team equipment as reasons for the ban.

Sale reportedly erupted because he did not want to wear uncomfortable throwback uniforms, so he cut the jerseys up so no one could wear them.

The 27-year-old was sent home by the team and missed his start.

"Obviously we're all extremely disappointed that we have to deal with this issue at this time both from the standpoint of the club as well as Chris' perspective," said general manager Rick Hahn.

"It's unfortunate that it has become this level of an issue and potential distraction taking away from what we're trying to accomplish on the field.

"It was a reasoned decision based upon his action within in the clubhouse. Later in the day, when he and I sat down and talked face-to-face and he explained the rationale behind his actions, he understood at that time, because of his actions, there was going to be discipline."

The White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to take Sale's roster spot during the suspension, which runs from Saturday through to Wednesday.

Sale, the All-Star Game starter for the American League, is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 129:29 K:BB ratio. 

He remains under club control through 2019 for less than $14million annually, though he continues to be mentioned in trade rumours.