Chris Sale (and the Red Sox) cannot catch a break.
In what was just his second start of the season — and just his 11th start since the end of 2019 — Chris Sale has exited early with a very clear injury. He appears to have broken his finger on a line drive off the bat of Aaron Hicks.
Ah, man. Statcast had that at 107 MPH off the bat! OUCH.
In case you forgot, Sale signed a five-year, $145M extension with the Red Sox in early 2019. He was shut down later that season and eventually got Tommy John surgery ahead of 2020. He did make his return in 2021 (9 starts), but he was held out of this season a with a stress fracture in his rib cage until five days ago, when he finally came back … and now this. Just a brutal series of events for the lefty.
2019 – $145M extension, 25 starts, shut down in August
2020 – Tommy John surgery, no starts
2021 – Came back in August, 9 starts
2022 – Shut down with stress fracture, broke his finger in his second start back
I would, uh … stay out of his way if you happen to come across Chris Sale in the near future….