Red Sox ace Chris Sale is still working his way back to Boston, but he’s already punched the ticket of one of Major League Baseball’s best hitters.
As a temporary member of the FCL Red Sox, the left-hander struck out the No. 2 hitter in the FCL Rays lineup, Wander Franco. The 21-year-old phenom was rehabbing a right quadriceps strain that has put him on the shelf since May 31.
For Sale, the outing was up-and-down, though the real goal of the start is to avoid suffering any setbacks. He finished his brief one-inning appearance allowing a hit, walk, and an earned run with the aforementioned strikeout.