Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was a very late scratch from today’s start due to an unspecified clubhouse incident. The White Sox released a statement saying that Sale was “sent home” due to a “clubhouse incident” and the matter was “under further investigation.”
Rumor has it that Sale was upset over the usage of throwback uniforms because they were uncomfortable. Sale then proceeded to use a knife to cut up the uniforms after things escalated.
Matt Albers started in Sale’s place. When word first surfaced of Sale’s late scratch, most initially believed he was traded as his name has come up in a few rumors recently. There is no telling how this may affect his trade value moving forward, but here’s hoping if he does get traded there are no throwback uniform promotions planned in that team’s future. This is not the first bit of dysfunction to come out of the White Sox clubhouse this season, as many remember the Adam LaRoche incident. Chris Sale was very vocal during that time as-well, clashing with management very publicly. Looks to me that the White Sox get to take home the most dysfunctional clubhouse of 2016 award.
ScoutsEdit: According to Deadspin, the Sox still ended wearing throwback jerseys, however they were different jerseys than the ones given away to fans. Sale was apparently upset that in his view, the team valued P.R. over winning.
ScoutsUpdate: The White Sox announced today that Sale was suspended for 5 games.