The rough start to spring training for the Boston Red Sox just got a whole lot worse.
Chris Sale, considered by many to be the best pitcher the Red Sox have, experienced soreness in his pitching elbow after throwing in a batting practice session on Monday. Sale has been sent for an MRI and the team is concerned the news isn’t going to be good.
Sale arrived in Gateway battling pneumonia and has been held out of action as Boston have won just four out of their first ten Grapefruit League games. Even more concerning is the same elbow kept Sale out of MLB action the entire second half of last season. Sale opted not to undergo surgery last year, and now a top specialist is involved as the team awaits word on the MRI results.
“Anytime something like this happens, it’s going to make you concerned. We also know, in the course of this building up, when you do hit these milestones, sometimes you can get sore,” said Boston’s Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, adding, “He hasn’t faced hitters in a long time. And I think to speculate too much would be irresponsible but needless to say everything has gone well to this point. This is our first bump in the road. Hopefully, it is just a bump in the road. But you can’t help but have some concern.”
The Red Sox pitching rotation was far from settled entering spring training, so this potential injury to Sale could throw the situation on the mound in to greater uncertainty. The team may be forced to acquire a pitcher from another team via a trade if their internal options are unable to provide enough bonafide starters before opening day.
Boston finished in third place in the American League East division last year, 19 games behind the New York Yankees.
The Detroit Tigers visit jetBlue Park today to face the Red Sox, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm.