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White Sox ace Chris Sale out 3 weeks with foot injury

Chicago needs a healthy Sale to make a run in the American League Central this season.

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Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss three weeks, the club announced Saturday. Sale reportedly suffered the injury in an accident at home.

If Sale returns March 21, he would have 16 days before the White Sox open the season April 6. Chicago reloaded in the offseason by adding starter Jeff Samardzija and hitters Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, but a healthy Sale is key to the team's aspirations this season.

Sale turns 26 years old before the start of the season and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball the last three years. He finished third in Cy Young voting last season after going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. He's struck out over 200 batters each of the last two years.

Sale has battled injuries before. He missed five weeks with forearm trouble between April and May last season but still rebounded to be named to the All-Star team.