Return of Red Sox LHP Sale delayed by non-baseball medical issue

The Boston Red Sox will have to wait longer for the return of starting pitcher Chris Sale, who has yet to play this season.Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom spoke with the media Saturday afternoon and said Sale has suffered a setback due to a personal medical issue that is non-baseball-related and non-COVID-19-related.Sale, a seven-time All-Star, suffered a stress fracture in his right rib on Feb. 24, while the MLB lockout was still in place.The Red Sox placed the left-hander on the 60-day injured list before the start of the season, which meant the earliest he could have returned was June 6. Bloom said Saturday, however , that the latest setback pushes Sale’s return back another few weeks.Bloom noted that since Sale’s injury is not related to his rib or throwing arm, the pitcher should return to throwing in a matter of days.Sale has struggled with injuries in recent seasons. He underwent Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2020, to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm on March 30, 2020. After returning to the Red Sox in August 2021, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA for the season. The 33-year-old has a career win-loss record of 114-74 with a 3.03 earned run average and 2,059 strikeouts. In four seasons on the field with the Red Sox, Sale has made two All-Star teams and helped Boston win a World Series championship in 2018.File video: Chris Sale speaks about rib injury during 2022 spring trainingBloom also announced Saturday that left-handed pitcher James Paxton has stopped throwing due to minor soreness and discomfort in his elbow.Paxton, 33, was signed by the Red Sox this past December to a one-year, $ 10 million contract that included a two-year club option. He has a career record of 57-33 with a 3.59 ERA and 831 strikeouts over nine major league seasons, but he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in April 2021. Bloom said Paxton is expected to start throwing again soon.

The Boston Red Sox will have to wait longer for the return of starting pitcher Chris Sale, who has yet to play this season.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom spoke with the media Saturday afternoon and said Sale has suffered a setback due to a personal medical issue that is non-baseball-related and non-COVID-19-related.

Sale, a seven-time All-Star, suffered a stress fracture in his right rib on Feb. 24, while the MLB lockout was still in place.

The Red Sox placed the left-hander on the 60-day injured list before the start of the season, which meant the earliest he could have returned was June 6. Bloom said Saturday, however, that the latest setback pushes Sale’s return back another few weeks.

Bloom noted that since Sale’s injury is not related to his rib or throwing arm, the pitcher should return to throwing in a matter of days.

Sale has struggled with injuries in recent seasons. He underwent Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2020, to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm on March 30, 2020. After returning to the Red Sox in August 2021, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA for the season.

The 33-year-old has a career win-loss record of 114-74 with a 3.03 earned run average and 2,059 strikeouts. In four seasons on the field with the Red Sox, Sale has made two All-Star teams and helped Boston win a World Series championship in 2018.

File video: Chris Sale talks about rib injury during 2022 spring training

Bloom also announced Saturday that left-handed pitcher James Paxton has stopped throwing due to minor soreness and discomfort in his elbow.

Paxton, 33, was signed by the Red Sox this past December to a one-year, $ 10 million contract that included a two-year club option. He has a career 57-33 record with a 3.59 ERA and 831 strikeouts over nine major league seasons, but he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in April 2021.

Bloom said Paxton is expected to start throwing again soon.

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