Could Red Sox Starter Chris Sale Pitch Again This Season?

Sale suffered a broken pinkie in Sunday's loss to the Yankees


Jul 17, 2022

Chris Sale has plenty of experience with rehabbing and returning from injuries, and despite the fact he’s never broken a finger before, the Boston Red Sox left-hander is confident he’ll be able to do it again.

Sale, who exited Sunday’s 13-2 defeat to the New York Yankees after being hit by a first-inning comebacker, suffered a broken pinkie just two outs into his second start of the season. As Sale walked off the diamond, Red Sox fans likely questioned whether it would be the last time they saw him this season.

Sale does not believe so.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Sale responded when asked if he thought he would be able to return this season, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage.

Sale then hinted at a potential timeline before getting the ball back in his hand. Of note, the Red Sox have not announced any sort of recovery timetable.

“It’s a broken bone. I’ve been there. Four-to-six weeks, getting active again, moving around a little bit and we’ll see from there,” Sale said, depicting a return to physical activity mid-to-late August.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora provided more of a measured response when asked about Sale’s potential return.

“I mean, hopefully, yeah,” Cora said when asked if he thought Sale could return this season. “We just have to wait. We just have to wait and the doctor’s going to check him out. We’ll see.

“Hopefully, there’s nothing that’s going to take him out for a long, long time.”

Cora shared Sale will meet with a hand specialist in Boston either Sunday night or Monday with the Red Sox entering the MLB All-Star break.

Of course, Sale is no stranger to working his way back to the field. He spent the first three months of the season on the shelf with a rib injury. And that was after he underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2020 prior to missing the ensuing campaign and majority of the 2021 season.

Sale returned from those ailments, and now he’s of the belief he can do it again in short-order.

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