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White Sox | Chris Sale moved back to bullpen

The Chicago White Sox have moved SP Chris Sale (elbow) back to the bullpen. Sale has been experiencing tenderness in his elbow recently. Sale will immediately assume the closer's role as a result. SP Dylan Axelrod will move into the starting rotation beginning Sunday, May 6, against the Detroit Tigers. Sale will be available to close starting Monday, May 7.

Fantasy Tip: Well then. Sale is widely owned, but he warrants an immediate pickup if he's somehow still available. The White Sox could change this arrangement later in the year, but it's unlikely, and in that case they'd probably wait until the late stages to do so in order to preserve his arm. Since Sale did the gig for a bit last season and has elite skills, he'll probably stave off Matt Thornton, Addison Reed and Hector Santiago for as long as Chicago wants to keep him in the role.

If a future change is made and Sale moves back to starting, Chicago probably wouldn't go back to Santiago. He's essentially at the back of the line, which makes him a safe drop in mixed formats. Thanks to their excellent peripherals, Thornton and Reed are still worth clinging to if deep leaguers are desperate.

Axelrod, meanwhile, is an AL-only grab that will have fleeting deep mixed utility, most likely based on matchups.

2012-05-04 15:12:34 | Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Daryl Van Schouwen

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