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41 Chris Sale SP

Boston Red Sox

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July 25, 2021 05:04 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Moving rehab to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sunday that Sale (elbow) will make his fourth minor-league rehab start July 31 at Triple-A Worcester, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

Sale will move up to the Red Sox's top affiliate after he completed a second straight start (and the third overall of his rehab assignment) at Double-A Portland on Sunday. He built up to 64 pitches (46 strikes) in the outing, covering 3.2 innings and punching out nine while giving up two runs on six hits and no walks. According to Smith, Sale's fastball topped out at 96 miles per hour during the start, and while he wasn't able to reach four or five innings in the start like the Red Sox had hoped, the fact that the lefty increased his pitch count while generating plenty of swinging strikes is a promising sign of his health. If Sale's velocity and command are on point in his start at Worcester, and if he's able to reach around 80 pitches, he could be cleared to make his 2021 debut for the Red Sox during the first week of August.

July 25, 2021 01:52 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: To throw at least four innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is expected to throw four or five innings in his rehab outing with Double-A Portland on Sunday, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.

The outing will mark Sale's third rehab appearance. In his last start, he threw 3.2 innings and built his pitch count up to 49, and he should have the chance to build on that number Sunday. Sale will still likely need at least one or two additional rehab outings prior to being activated by the Red Sox, though his return from Tommy John surgery remains on track.

July 21, 2021 05:36 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Preparing for third rehab start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sale (elbow) is scheduled to make his third rehab start at Double-A Portland on Sunday, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

Sale will stick around in Portland after he turned in another encouraging outing in his second rehab start Tuesday versus Harrisburg. He struck out six and issued one walk over 3.2 no-hit innings, building his pitch count up to 49 (34 strikes) in the process. Sale will likely need two or three more rehab appearances before he's fully ramped up for starting duty with the big club, and the results he's turned in thus far both from a statistical and observational standpoint offer hope that he'll quickly re-emerge as a frontline starter when he returns from the 60-day injured list. According to Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican, Sale's fastball topped out at around 97-to-98 miles per hour Tuesday, and he commanded his full arsenal well.

July 16, 2021 11:32 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Slated to progress in rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will likely make his next rehab start at Double-A Portland on Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

Sale made his first rehab start Thursday with the Red Sox's Florida Complex League affiliate, and he tossed 39 pitches and struck out five across three shutout innings. His fastball reached 97 mph during the outing, and manager Alex Cora said Thursday that the southpaw will progress to Double-A if he feels good Friday. Sale is expected to require three or four rehab appearances before he's cleared to rejoin the major-league club.

July 11, 2021 06:00 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Beginning rehab assignment in FCL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is scheduled to throw a two-inning rehab assignment Thursday with the Red Sox's Florida Complex League affiliate, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

The lefty appeared set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Worcester during the upcoming week after he tossed a successful simulated game Saturday, but the Red Sox want him to make his 2021 debut in affiliated ball near the team's spring training facility. Assuming Thursday's outing goes well, Sale should begin his assignment at Worcester shortly after the Red Sox reconvene following the All-Star break. Sale is expected to need at least three or four rehab assignments to build up his innings count before the Red Sox sign off on him returning from the 60-day injured list. He could be ready to join Boston around mid-August.

July 11, 2021 09:32 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Throws sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) threw two innings in a simulated game Saturday, Matt Vautour of MassLive.com reports.

Boston manager Alex Cora received positive reports about the outing, and the organization will wait to see how Sale's elbow responds Sunday. If there are no setbacks, the left-hander will likely make a rehab start later this week. Cora envisions a gradual ramp-up of the rehab assignment, beginning with a two-inning stint.

July 10, 2021 10:20 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Sim game Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will throw a two-inning simulated game Saturday, Matt Vautour of MassLive.com reports.

Sale's sim game will take place in Fort Myers (Fla.), and the team will evaluate him Sunday before determining the left-hander's next step. If all goes well, Sale could make a rehab start, possibly for Triple-A Worcester, toward the end of next week.

July 7, 2021 04:48 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Will require multiple rehab starts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pitching coach Dave Bush said Wednesday that Sale (elbow) won't be activated from the 60-day injured list until he's stretched out to throw 5-6 innings, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

The Red Sox may have considered bringing Sale back after just one or two rehab outings and initially utilize him in shorter appearances, but it sounds like that won't be the case. With that in mind, Sale will likely need three or four starts in the minors before he's ready to return to the Boston rotation, meaning that he's unlikely to be activated until early August. Sale is expected to throw two more innings in a simulated game Saturday before beginning his rehab assignment.

July 7, 2021 12:52 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Throwing one more simulated game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will throw two simulated innings Saturday before likely beginning his rehab assignment, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

The lefty's Tuesday session was thought to be his last before heading off to real game action, but he apparently needs a bit more simulated work. The Red Sox have not announced yet which minor-league affiliate Sale will join to kick off his rehab assignment.

July 5, 2021 06:52 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Throwing last live batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will throw two innings Tuesday in what is expected to be his last session before starting a rehab assignment, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

Sale is expected to begin his assignment at a lower minor-league level rather than going straight to Triple-A. That being said, all recent reports have been positive and the lefty still appears to be on track for a return sometime in late-July or August.

July 3, 2021 12:52 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Feels good one day later
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) was enthused by Wednesday's live batting practice session and reported feeling good the day after, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. "[Wednesday] was a good day, another step in the right direction. You know, I came in today feeling really, really good. Was able to move my arm around. Soreness in all the good spots. Got to keep trucking forward," the pitcher said.

Sale feels he'll be pitching for Boston "sooner rather than later" following Wednesday's session during which he hit the mid-90s on the radar gun and mixed in offspeed stuff. The left-hander will need a rehab assignment, but Sale could return soon enough to make an impact on the pennant race.

July 1, 2021 02:44 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Sharp in latest live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sale (elbow) looked "really good" while throwing a live batting-practice session Wednesday, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.

Sale faced hitters for the second time in less than a week, and based on Cora's observations, the veteran southpaw was sharper Wednesday than he was over the weekend. Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Cora said the most "eye-opening" aspect of Sale's throwing session was his improved command, an area pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery often struggle to regain in their initial throwing sessions. Sale, who sported a fastball that sat around 94 to 95 miles per hour, is scheduled to throw another live batting practice next week in Florida before the Red Sox send him out on a rehab assignment. He'll likely make four or five rehab outings before returning from the 60-day injured list, with a late-July or early August season debut looking like a real possibility for the 32-year-old.

June 28, 2021 01:44 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Will throw live BP again Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Alex Cora said Sale (elbow) will throw a two-inning live batting practice session Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

The skipper said that Sale is "feeling great" following his 15-pitch live BP session Saturday. The southpaw will ramp up the pitch count when he throws to hitters again Wednesday, after which he could begin a minor-league rehab assignment. With that in mind, Sale remains in line for a mid-to-late July return to the Boston rotation.

June 27, 2021 08:24 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Looks good Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) threw 15 pitches during live batting practice Saturday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

Although Sale threw slightly fewer pitches than expected, manager Alex Cora said that the left-hander looked good during his throwing session. The 32-year-old is slated to face hitters at Fenway Park again next week, and he could begin a rehab assignment afterward.

June 26, 2021 08:56 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Rehab assignment looms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) will throw 20 pitches to live hitters from the mound at Fenway Park on Saturday.

This will be the first time Sale has had pitcher-batter competition of any kind since spring training in 2020. Red Sox manager Alex Cora feels Sale will need one more session against hitters before the team sends him off on a rehab assignment.

June 23, 2021 10:32 AM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Ready to face hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will face hitters Saturday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

Sale had some hiccups over the winter as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, dealing with minor neck and back issues as well as COVID-19, but it's been smooth sailing for him for a while now. He still doesn't have a precise timeline for his return, but a rehab assignment in early July seems very possible, given his progress thus far.

June 19, 2021 02:16 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: More bullpens scheduled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Tuesday and Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Sale threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Friday and felt good afterward. If all goes well during next week's bullpens, the southpaw is expected to face hitters for the first time the week after. A timetable for Sale's return to game action hasn't yet been established, but he could potentially begin a rehab assignment sometime in July.

June 18, 2021 05:20 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Throws 40-pitch bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

Sale impressed during a bullpen session at the end of last week, and he had another throwing session in Worcester on Friday. The southpaw treated the bullpen as though he was warming up for a game as he continues to make progress in his recovery. Manager Alex Cora has expressed optimism that Sale could face hitters in the near future, but he'll continue to be monitored in the coming days to determine his next steps.

June 12, 2021 12:48 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Impresses in bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Alex Cora was impressed with Sale (elbow) during the lefty's bullpen session Friday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

The manager expressed strong optimism when talking about the southpaw's Friday bullpen, but also hinted at the fact that he still has a ways to go before he's back in the Red Sox rotation, saying, "We need to not get too excited... but it was just that good." Cora's comments indicate a July return to the Red Sox continues to be a realistic possibility for the veteran left-hander, though Boston will continue to monitor his rehab very closely.

June 7, 2021 02:12 PM
Red Sox's Chris Sale: May face hitters soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sale (elbow) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session this week, and he could be ready to face hitters soon after, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. "Things are trending up," manager Alex Cora said, regarding Sale's recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Sale checked out fine after tossing a 20-pitch bullpen session last Wednesday, so he'll presumably be able to take a step forward in terms of both intensity and volume of pitches when he repeats the activity this week. The veteran southpaw still has several hurdles to clear in the recovery process from surgery before the Red Sox prepare him for a return from the 60-day injured list, but Sale at least appears to have avoided any majors since undergoing the elbow procedure March 30, 2020.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2021BOS000.000000000.00000000
2020BOS00---0000000.00000000
2019BOS6114.4025251100147.31238072241337218
2018BOS1242.1127270000158.01023937111434237
2017BOS1782.9032321000214.3165736924843308
2016CHW17103.3332326100226.71908884271745233
2015CHW13113.4131311000208.71858879231342274
2014CHW1242.1726262000174.01294842131139208
2013SEASON11143.0630304100214.31848173231446226
2012SEASON1783.0530291001192.0167666519651192
2011SEASON222.795800081071.0522222622779
2010SEASON211.93210004423.31555201032
Total109733.03023216312151629.31312590548172983742007
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2021BOS000---00000---0.0000---
2020BOS000---00000------0---
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
2014CHW21301680.8000103.2050.9666859.26
2013SEASON22121841.2000118.2301.07386610.25
2012SEASON51831731.1000606.2351.13577210.50
2011SEASON379491.6000302.2031.11328810.27
2010SEASON019161.2000001.1851.071929.64
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:
32
Hometown:
Lakeland, FL
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Team:
Boston Red Sox
College:

MLB Experience:
10
Awards:

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