Another day, another injury for Chris Sale. And this one will cause him to miss the rest of the 2022 season for the Boston Red Sox.
Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox will miss the rest of the 2022 season after undergoing wrist surgery following a bicycle accident
Sale, 33, has a long injury history with the Boston Red Sox, and season-ending surgery on his right wrist from an accident on his bike only adds to that. He finished the season having pitched just 5.2 innings in two games after battling a broken finger after being hit by a comeback in a game against the New York Yankees and a stress fracture in his right rib he suffered in the spring.
Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom tried to shed some light on the situation when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
Chaim Bloom: “We need to send people to find whoever has the Chris Sale voodoo doll and get it back.”
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) August 9, 2022
According to a statement, the Red Sox expect Sale to be ready for the start of spring training in 2023.
Sale allegedly had the bicycle accident while coming down from a throwing session he had just had at Boston College. Reporters learned that Sale hit something on his ride, causing the accident and that the left-hander was “beaten enough”.
Bloom told reporters that he thought Sale was likely to pitch again this season, as he was recovering from the broken finger in his pitching hand he suffered on July 17 in the Bronx. That, however, will no longer be the case and the Red Sox will have to wait until 2023 to see exactly what a hopefully healthy sale can bring to the rotation.
The sale is signed through the 2024 season on a five-year, $145 million deal. Since signing that deal ahead of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Sale has pitched a total of 48.1 innings in 11 games.