The Red Sox’s injury-riddled run under Chris Sale has taken yet another bizarre turn. The organisation confirmed Tuesday morning that the left-hander, who fractured his right wrist in a biking accident on Saturday, will miss the remainder of the season. Boston anticipates Sale will be prepared for spring training after the seven-time All-Star underwent surgery on Monday.
Chris Sale had just made two starts of the season when he fractured his pinky on a comebacker against the Yankees on July 17. For the first time since having surgery to heal the finger, he played catch on Friday. The 33-year-old was diagnosed with a fractured rib cage during spring training, and he did not make his season debut until July 12. Due to elbow irritation, Sale’s 2019 season was cut short, and after having Tommy John surgery, he missed the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He came back in August 2021. Only 48 1/3 innings have been hurled over the past three years by Sale, who in 2019 agreed to a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the Red Sox.
Chris Sale expected to return during spring
Even though Sale’s injury is terrible, the Sox are ready for the left-handed ace to return because they have been dealt this hand many times before. Boston did not appear to be looking to sell at the trade deadline, and perhaps Chaim Bloom genuinely feels that this team can compete for an American League Wild Card place. They currently behind the White Sox, Guardians, and Orioles, who are all vying for third place with the Seattle Mariners, by only 4.5 games.
At this point, it makes sense to call an end to Sale for the season. Even if Boston were in the thick of a pennant race, a return would be incredibly unlikely. Hopefully, unlike previous seasons, he will be prepared for spring training.