Red Sox ace, Chris Sale, is heading to the 15-day injured list after leaving last night’s game with shoulder inflammation. This injury comes as a shock after such a strong month from Sale and with his velocity hitting high nineties for the first time in years. The injury does not seem serious so far. However, the Red Sox are playing it safe with a short IL stint in the meantime.
Chris Sale left last night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds after 3.2 innings pitched and only one earned run. He managed to collect six strikeouts in his short appearance and only allowed one walk. However, the velocity quickly dropped going from 98-99 down to 90 mph on his fastball.
Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, visited Sale on the mound and allowed him to throw a few more pitches until ultimately pulling him from the game. This is a familiar sight for Red Sox fans with Sale serving the last three years on the IL recovering to Tommy John. Sale made several appearances in 2021 and 2022, but injuries continued to plague the lefty. Luckily, Sale has very little history of shoulder problems, and he seems positive about the future of his injury.
It’s unsure if Sale will need more time than his 15-day stint, but it’s precautionary so far.
Corey Kluber has been reinstated from paternity leave and is suspected to take over for Sale in the meantime. The Red Sox are going into a four game series against the Rays this weekend in Boston. This is the second four game series against these two teams, with Tampa sweeping the Sox in early April.
The Red Sox will face off against Tampa Bay tonight at 7:10pm EST and can be watched on NESN.
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