(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of a breakout season during his young career, the Chicago White Sox have placed starting pitcher Chris Sale on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his throwing arm.
There was initial concern just how serious Sale's injury was, but an MRI revealed no ligament damage, meaning Tommy John Surgery will not be required. He is expected to return once he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
In his third season as a starting pitcher, the 25-year-old Sale made four starts and went 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA.
He ranks seventh among American League pitchers in innings pitched, third in strikeouts, and fourth in WHIP.
Sale's innings pitched has risen dramatically since being converted as a starting pitcher. He pitched 94.1 innings combined his first two seasons, but has thrown 433.2 innings total going back to the 2012 season.
Replacing Sale on the roster will be left-hander Charlie Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte.
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