Chris Sale Injured on a comebacker
Last weekend In the series finale against the New York Yankees on Sunday, Red Sox ace Chris Sale was hit by a line drive. Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks was at-bat when the pitch struck Sale’s pitching hand and it appeared to dislocate the pinkie. This is only his second start back from the injured list that kept him out since spring training with a rib fracture. Sale only lasted 2/3, giving up two earned runs. Manager Alex Cora and the trainer went out to see Sale then he walked into the dugout. Another tough blow to the Red Sox pitching staff that was starting to get healthy with the likes of Nathan Eovaldi and Sale coming off the injured list.
Sale short 2022 campaign
Sale made his first start of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 12th. He looked very sharp pitching a strong five innings, allowing three hits, allowing no runs, one walk, and five strikeouts. Strong performance to start his 2022 campaign with high expectations surrounding him coming back. Last Monday he underwent successful surgery on his injured pinkie. It is unclear if Sale will return for the 2022 season due to his fractured finger.
Sale on his injury
“No pain. Zero pain. Anger, frustration, rage first,” Sale said on the moments following the play. “I hit the ground. I didn’t even think about my broken finger. I hit the ground, I see my finger under my ring finger and I go, ‘Here goes more time.’ That was the first thing that went through my mind.”
“I’m who I am and missing more time and that eats me alive,” Sale added. “But I have to have something to look back on and hold onto and that’s what it is. There’s really, really tough times in this world right now and the broken finger isn’t the worst of it.”
What’s next for the Red Sox pitching staff
With Sale more than likely heading back to the injured list… what is next for the Sox’s pitching staff? They need to make a deal at the trade deadline that is coming up on August 2nd just about three weeks away or so. Either Boston makes moves that they need to do at the deadline or re call-up Brayan Bello from Triple-A Worcester to take Sale spot in the rotation for the time being. Recently the Red Sox just dropped lost the series to the Yankees two-out-of three and are 2.5 games behind in the Wild Card race. President of baseball operations Chaim Bloom has a lot of work to do ahead of him to bring this team back into competition.