June 23, 2021

Red Sox’s Chris Sale to have Tommy John surgery (New York Post)

Chris Sale won’t pitch in 2020 and likely well beyond.

The Red Sox announced Thursday that the star left-hander will have Tommy John surgery, meaning he won’t pitch this season even if it returns from being suspended because of the coronavirus.

With so many elective surgeries being delayed as the country’s health care system deals with COVID-19, the Red Sox did not make it clear when Sale will have the procedure, according to The Post’s Joel Sherman.

Sale, 30, had just returned to his throwing program after being shut down for two weeks and the pain resurfaced. He was set to begin the first year of five-year, $145 million deal.

Sale is coming off a disappointing 2019 season, going 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts.

Read “Red Sox’s Chris Sale to have Tommy John surgery” at New York Post