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Sale stronger following his rotation return

CHICAGO -- White Sox lefty Chris Sale played long toss on Sunday and went through his normal shoulder program the day after his five-inning return to the starting rotation.

Sale said that he usually feels more of the soreness on Day 2 after a start, but believes his rotation layoff since May 1, with one relief outing mixed in, helped him to feel stronger.

"I definitely feel a lot better on this Day 1 than the last few," Sale said. "Just trying to build up and stay up on things and making sure we dot all the I's and cross all the T's."

In a Sunday morning conversation with MLB.com, Sale also made clear that his personal petition to return to the rotation presented directly to general manager Ken Williams came after a meeting with manager Robin Ventura and his staff in Detroit.

Sale was told of his change from starter to closer last Friday in Detroit, but requested a meeting with Ventura and his staff that next day to plead his case, and was then given the opportunity to talk with Williams.

CHICAGO -- White Sox lefty Chris Sale played long toss on Sunday and went through his normal shoulder program the day after his five-inning return to the starting rotation.

Sale said that he usually feels more of the soreness on Day 2 after a start, but believes his rotation layoff since May 1, with one relief outing mixed in, helped him to feel stronger.

"I definitely feel a lot better on this Day 1 than the last few," Sale said. "Just trying to build up and stay up on things and making sure we dot all the I's and cross all the T's."

In a Sunday morning conversation with MLB.com, Sale also made clear that his personal petition to return to the rotation presented directly to general manager Ken Williams came after a meeting with manager Robin Ventura and his staff in Detroit.

Sale was told of his change from starter to closer last Friday in Detroit, but requested a meeting with Ventura and his staff that next day to plead his case, and was then given the opportunity to talk with Williams.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.