Chris Sale Trashed the Dugout Runway After Disappointing Minor League Rehab Start

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Chris Sale Trashed the Dugout Runway After Disappointing Minor League Rehab Start

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Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale hasn’t pitched yet this year because of a stress fracture in his rib cage, but he’s finally been able to make rehab starts in the minors the last couple weeks. I’m sure he’s eager to get back, having managed just nine starts in the big leagues since 2019.

Maybe a little too eager?

His latest start at Triple-A featured a loss of control, with Sale walking five over his 3.2 innings of work, including a bases-loaded walk to conclude his outing. You know, not great, but also not a huge deal if you’re just building yourself back up to a return.

But I can only speak for myself. Because Sale was clearly very, very, very angry about the outing:

That is Sale expressing his disappointment with his outing, letting some equipment and facilities materials know about it. Look at all the debris – clearly, he destroyed a whole lotta stuff in the process. His command may not have been perfect on the night, but he got great leg extension on that dugout kick.

In his comments after the game, there was no mention of the dugout runway meltdown, just a discussion of the performance, his spotty control, and his readiness to return to the big league Sox.

“I’m very ready,” Sale said, per the Boston Globe. “I know today was a little bit of a hiccup but it’s nothing that can’t be ironed out … I just want to be a part of it. I want to get back to doing my job and pulling my weight.”

I’m tired of destroying all these minor league light fixtures! They know how to make ’em in the big leagues so they come off the wall better when I tear at them!

I kid. I kid. But …

This isn’t the first time Chris Sale has engaged in some bizarrely destructive behavior in the clubhouse. Remember the throwback jerseys he didn’t want the team to have to wear, so he literally cut them up with scissors?

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.