It feels like this is a story that has become numb for fans of the Boston Red Sox.
We should’ve known it was coming. We didn’t want to believe it would come in the 2023 season. But unfortunately, it came earlier than we were all hoping for!
Chris Sale is headed back to the IL. (*collective sigh*)
The tall, lanky left-handed starter left his Thursday night start against the Cincinnati Reds with what is being called left shoulder inflammation.
Sale was having a decent start against the Reds, before the injury; going 3.2 innings, giving up one run, on five hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.
Boston Red Sox losing Chris Sale at a pivotal point
What hurts even more about this stint on the IL for Chris Sale is that he was cruising along in his last several starts.
We were starting to see flashes of the old Chris Sale. The Chris Sale that could go out and give you 7-8 shutdown innings un any given start. Now? Another setback!
The Red Sox are fighting to stay above .500. They’re 29-27 with a big divisional series against the Rays at Fenway Park this upcoming weekend.
The FGCU graduate, along with the likes of James Paxton, had been carrying the load for this staff over the last month.
Now? Red Sox fans will have to watch Corey Kluber take Sale’s spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Boston Red Sox having a frustrated Chris Sale in the dugout
It’s no secret at this point that Chris Sale is beyond frustrated with everything that has gone on the past few seasons. This is just another setback that further frustrates the player and the organization.
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Sale spoke to the press on Friday before the Red Sox were supposed to play the Rays in the series opener. The look on his face and tone in his voice said it all: he’s sick and tired of this stuff happening.
Who can blame him, right? A guy that is so accountable for everything that’s happened and he just can’t stay healthy!
Plus, who knows how long this inflammation is going to linger on for? Do we dare ask how much worse the injury could actually be?
Chris Sale’s latest injury opens an opportunity
One of the things that couldn’t happen to the Red Sox in 2023 happened: a key part of the rotation is injured. So now the question is: who will step up in Sale’s absence?
It’s hard to have a successful season when you need just about everything to go right.
Especially when your ace was starting to look like an ace again for the last month and a half of baseball.
I’m a huge Chris Sale fan, even since the White Sox days. But I don’t know what to say anymore.
It just stinks to see this dominant of a pitcher have setback after setback.
Now we just have to hope that the injury is for maybe a month as opposed to a worse option: like three or even four months. Everyone hope for the best!