Sale tossed three shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one in Sunday's win over New York. He didn't factor into the decision. Sale managed to throw multiple innings for the first time since suffering a shoulder issue. He tossed 27 of 42 pitches for strikes and looked sharp. The 29-year-old stated after the game that if he remains on schedule, he should be built up to around 100 pitches for the beginning of the postseason, per Christopher Smith of MassLive.com. Sale's next outing figures to come Saturday against Cleveland barring a setback.
Sale is scheduled to pitch three or four innings Sunday, Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports. Sale will be making his second start since being activated from his second stint on disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, but he won't pitch long enough to qualify for a win. In Sale's first start, he pitched just one inning and threw 26 pitches. The Red Sox are carefully working him back to full health in preparation for the playoffs.
Sale reported no ill effects after his one-inning, 26-pitch appearance Tuesday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Sale played a game of catch Wednesday and will follow that up with a bullpen session Friday, which will be key. After Sale's first return from a shoulder issue, it took a couple of days for the irritation to return, so the Red Sox will be monitoring him closely. He's expected to start against the Mets on Sunday, but the Red Sox will not confirm that just yet. When he does pitch, Sale will likely not pitch a normal starter's workload but certainly more than the one inning he pitched Tuesday.
Sale (shoulder inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays, giving up one hit while striking out two. After being out since Aug. 12, Sale was slated for roughly two innings, but after 26 pitches in the first frame the Red Sox opted to pull their ace. Sale continued tossing in the bullpen after exiting as he continues to try to rebuild his arm strength for the postseason. There has been speculation that his shoulder issue is very minor and the Red Sox are just going with this plan of attack in order to have him as fresh as possible for October. Nonetheless, he is only expected to build up his workload by an inning each outing. He is slated to start again Sunday against the Mets, and while he could reach three innings if he is efficient, those considering deploying him in fantasy should know he won't go deep enough to qualify for the win.
Sale (shoulder) was activated as expected Tuesday and will be used as the opener against the Blue Jays, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. The original plan was for Sale to throw a pair of innings as the opener over the weekend, but he ended up needing a few more days. The Red Sox have an eight-game lead in the race for home-field advantage in the AL playoffs, so they can afford to be cautious with their ace. The plan is for him to throw two innings Tuesday and build up one inning at a time over the rest of the regular season. That leaves him unlikely to pitch the five innings required to get a win until his final start of the season.