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41 Chris Sale SP

Boston Red Sox

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January 12, 2021 09:32 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Nearing return to mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a mound in late January, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

The veteran left-hander remains without an official timeline for his return, but a return to mound work represents a significant step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Sale underwent the procedure in March 2020 and figures to be sidelined for much of the first half of the 2021 campaign, but a more concrete timeline should come into focus and he ramps up his rehab work.

December 15, 2020 03:28 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: No timeline for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale remains without a clear timeline for his return from Tommy John surgery, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Sale underwent the procedure in late March. A typical recovery timeline would see him back on a big-league mound sometime in the middle of the 2021 season, though it's difficult to predict his exact return date with any precision. While manager Alex Cora declined to give a timeline for the lefty's return Tuesday, he did note that his recovery was coming along well.

November 11, 2020 03:28 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Doing well in Tommy John rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Wednesday that Sale (elbow) continues to make progress from his Tommy John surgery and could be fully stretched out for starting duty by the middle of next summer, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

Sale still has several more checkpoints to meet in his recovery from the elbow procedure, but the first seven-plus months of his rehab program appears to have gone according to plan. The southpaw should be ready to throw off flat ground -- if not a mound -- by the end of spring training, but he'll still be ticketed for the 60-day injured list to begin the 2021 campaign.

September 12, 2020 10:36 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) has been playing catch for the past week, Ian Browne of the MLB.com reports.

Boston manager Ron Roenicke received positive reports about Sale, the left-hander who underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March. He's not expected to return until the middle of next season.

August 12, 2020 06:24 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Nearing return to throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is expected to resume throwing in two or three weeks, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

Sale is slowly but surely working his way back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The lefty is set to miss the entire 2020 campaign and some of the 2021 season while rehabbing.

June 29, 2020 04:16 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Lands on 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday.

He will miss the entire season and some of the 2021 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. This move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster.

April 7, 2020 04:00 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Set to begin rehabilitation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will be out of his arm cast and start rehabbing Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

While speaking with reporters Tuesday -- a little over a week after undergoing Tommy John surgery -- Sale mentioned that he's ready to shed his cast and begin the long rehabilitation process. The lefty is hoping to rehab at jetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida, though he can do most of the early-stage work at home if necessary. Sale mentioned that he's "really happy" with where he's at now, as the surgery offered a "definitive answer, a finish line," per Speier. "I've been chasing a ghost for seven months," Sale said.

March 30, 2020 07:44 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Undergoes Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

The surgery should finally allow Sale to move past the elbow issues that bothered him dating back to the second half of last season. He'll miss all of this season, even if the schedule winds up considerably delayed, and should miss a fair portion of the 2021 season as well. According to chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, Sale's recovery is expected to take around 14-to-15 months, per Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. The southpaw will complete his rehab at his home in Florida.

March 19, 2020 05:08 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Set for Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

Sale's elbow troubles date back to last season. Tommy John surgery appeared to be on the table back in August and again when the issue return at the start of this month. The procedure was deemed unnecessary both times, and Sale was able to resume throwing Wednesday. His elbow evidently didn't respond well to Wednesday's session, however, as the decision to have him finally undergo the procedure was made just one day later. With a typical recovery timeline, the lefty will miss all of this season and the start of the 2021 campaign as well.

March 19, 2020 12:12 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Resumes throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) resumed throwing Wednesday at the Red Sox's spring training facility, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.

The health of Sale's elbow remains up in the air despite the fact that he's able to throw. After three opinions on his flexor strain in early March, it was determined that he didn't need Tommy John surgery, but his elbow will need to continue to progress for that to remain the case. Even if all goes well with his recovery, it will still take some time before Sale is ready for game action, though with Opening Day still up in the air, it's conceivable he could be ready by the time play resumes.

March 14, 2020 04:48 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Reassessment still on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is still scheduled to be reevaluated sometime next week despite the suspension of spring training, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

Sale has dealt with both pneumonia and a flexor strain in his pitching elbow during spring training, but interim manager Ron Roenicke indicated that the team will currently keep his throwing program in place despite the stoppage in play over coronavirus concerns. The southpaw was scheduled to throw Friday before play stopped, and it's unclear whether that session occurred. Sale's reaction to increased usage will likely determine his next steps in his recovery process.

March 10, 2020 12:04 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Reassessment coming soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will be reassessed within the next week, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

Interim manager Ron Roenicke said Sale would be reassessed 10-to-14 days after the date he was originally shut down, which happened at the start of March. After three opinions on Sale's left elbow, Tommy John surgery hasn't been recommended. The plan has been for him to rest, as his UCL is still intact, and see how his elbow responds. We should know more about whether or not that plan is working and what the lefty's next steps are soon.

March 5, 2020 10:20 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Diagnosed with flexor strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday that Sale has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. He'll be shut down from throwing for the next week before attempting to play catch again.

Per Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic, both Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache noted that Sale's UCL is intact, prompting the two specialists to recommend that he forgo surgery for the time being and take a week off before seeing how his elbow responds to the rest period. According to Abraham, Sale is still scheduled to take part in defensive drills Thursday, so he won't be held out of baseball activities entirely while he waits for his elbow pain to subside. While the news is seemingly positive for Sale, the Red Sox likely won't be able to pinpoint a target date for his return until he advances deep into his throwing program, and Tommy John surgery could still be in the cards if his elbow doesn't show the desired improvement. Since he'll essentially have to go through a modified spring training all over again, Sale appears unlikely to be ready to make his 2020 debut until early May in a best-case scenario.

March 4, 2020 05:48 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Not expecting Tommy John
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is not expected to undergo Tommy John surgery at this point, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The 30-year-old is expected to avoid surgery and will meet with arm specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache later this week for another opinion. Dr. ElAttrache will be the third specialist to have examined Sale's MRI results, which should rule out the possibility of the southpaw making a quick turnaround from the injured list. The Red Sox should have an updated timeline on the injury within the next few days, but it is almost certain that seven-time All Star will spend greater than the minimum 15 days on the IL.

March 4, 2020 11:24 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Getting third opinion on elbow
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) plans to meet with arm specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache later this week for another opinion on his recent MRI, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that the Red Sox have already received an evaluation of Sale's MRI results from Dr. James Andrews, but the team will get another opinion before deciding the best course of action for its staff ace. According to Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe, Dr. ElAttrache will be the third specialist to have examined the results, which doesn't inspire much confidence in Sale's ability to make a quick return from the injured list. Boston should have an updated timeline for Sale within the next few days, but fantasy managers should already begin preparing for him to spend more than the minimum 15 days on the IL.

March 3, 2020 07:36 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Headed for elbow MRI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (illness) felt sore following a live batting practice session Sunday and was sent for an MRI on his elbow, the results of which will be read by Dr. James Andrews, Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com reports

The lefty just can't catch a break. Already ruled out for the start of the season after missing time this spring due to a bout of pneumonia, he's now been linked to one of the most dreaded names in baseball. Dr. Andrews' name brings with it fears of Tommy John surgery, a procedure which was deemed unnecessary when Sale dealt with elbow trouble late last season. Whether or not that's on the table this time around remains to be seen.

March 1, 2020 09:16 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Simulated game set for Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (illness) completed a 15-pitch live batting practice session Sunday and is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game Thursday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

The veteran left-hander is expected to throw 15 pitches per inning during the simulated game, and he could progress to a Grapefruit League game March 10 if all goes well. Sale has already been ruled out for Opening Day and is likely to begin the season on the injured list, so the Red Sox are likely to continue exercising caution as Sale builds up to a starter's workload after dealing with pneumonia in early February.

March 1, 2020 04:16 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Will face hitters Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (illness) will throw two simulated innings prior to Sunday's game against the Braves, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

The left-hander is expected to throw 30 pitches in the sim game. This will mark the first time Sale has thrown to hitters since an Aug. 13 start against the Indians. He was shut down for the rest of the season following that appearance due to a left elbow injury.

February 27, 2020 03:24 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Won't be ready for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Interim manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Thursday that Sale (illness) won't be available to start Opening Day and will likely begin the season on the 15-day injured list, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

Roenicke stressed that Sale is fine physically after the southpaw treated his elbow through non-surgical methods during the offseason, but the 30-year-old simply doesn't have enough time left during spring to build up to a starter's workload after battling pneumonia earlier this month. Sale has since resumed working out and is expected to toss a live batting-practice session Saturday, but he'll still be about two weeks behind Boston's other starting pitchers once the regular season begins. Assuming the Red Sox place Sale on the IL and make his stint retroactive to March 23 (the earliest possible date), the lefty won't be eligible to make his 2020 debut until at least April 7 versus the Rays, per Browne.

February 26, 2020 09:16 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Likely to miss Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (illness) completed his bullpen session without issues Wednesday, but his late start due to pneumonia means he's unlikely to be ready by Opening Day, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Sale didn't exactly need more question marks heading into the season on the back of an injury-filled 2019 campaign. He was considered completely healthy when he showed up to camp, having recovered from the platelet-rich plasma injection he received in August, but the illness led to him getting considerably behind schedule. He's expected to throw a live batting practice session Saturday and then another one next week before jumping into game action. The Red Sox want to be very careful in his buildup this season and will be happy to have him miss a turn or two at the start of the year if it means his odds of staying healthy for the remainder of the season improve.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020BOS000.000000000.00000000
2019BOS6114.4025251100147.31238072241337218
2018BOS1242.1127270000158.01023937111434237
2017BOS1782.9032321000214.3165736924843308
2016CHW17103.3332326100226.71908884271745233
2015CHW13113.4131311000208.71858879231342274
2014CHW1242.170262000174.01294842131139208
2013CHW11143.070304100214.31848173231446226
2012CHW1783.050291001192.0167666519651192
2011CHW222.79000081071.0522222622779
2010CHW211.9500004423.31555201032
Total109733.03023216312151629.31312590548172983742007
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020BOS000---00000---0.0000---
2019BOS01141071.1000002.2211.08661210.57
2018BOS01161141.0000104.1800.8616178.54
2017BOS01441830.8000003.2080.9718519.07
2016CHW21952270.9000002.2271.03790710.01
2015CHW01661741.0000307.2331.08885410.35
2014CHW21301680.8044103.2050.9666859.26
2013CHW22121841.20192118.2301.07486610.26
2012CHW51831731.101410606.2351.13577210.50
2011CHW379491.6034302.2031.11328810.27
2010CHW019161.2000001.1851.082929.74
Total14135813951.00743315138.2181.03565449.85
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2010AFA-Winston-Salem Dash 4.04000004232.251.250
2010AAA-Charlotte Knights 6.070000015433.001.167
2014AAA-Charlotte Knights 4.011000011210.000.750
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-6/181
Birthdate:
03/30/1989
Age:
31
Hometown:
Lakeland, FL
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Team:
Boston Red Sox
College:

MLB Experience:
4
Awards:

2015: AL Strike Out Leader
2017: AL Strike Out Leader