Sale has inflamed elbow, avoids serious injury

Ross Houston
August 22, 2019

"Dr. Andrews confirmed that Sale has inflammation in his left elbow and treated it with a platelet-rich plasma injection".

Being able to now breathe a huge sigh of relief, the Boston Red Sox received the news that ace starting pitcher Chris Sale does not need Tommy John surgery, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Sale will be shut down from throwing for "a period" of time and will be re-evaluated in six weeks, which could end his season.

Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday after he felt stiffness in his elbow following a start last week. Initial readings showed changes from the MRI Sale had in the spring but weren't clear enough to determine whether there is damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. He has had a problem with home runs, allowing 24 in 147⅓ innings, more than 60% higher than what he has averaged in his career. Either way he'd miss the entire 2020 season and be able to pitch in 2021.

Former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden thinks there's plenty of reason to be concerned about Chris Sale's future and said the Red Sox are "not being transparent, not telling us the whole story". In fact, an official release from the Red Sox on Monday would indicate that Sale's 2019 season is over. His five-year, $145 million contract extension will begin next year.

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