Red Sox ace Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, dreaded words for any pitcher.
The #RedSox today placed LHP Chris Sale on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to August 14.
To fill Sale’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled RHP Ryan Brasier from Triple-A Pawtucket.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 17, 2019
Adding to the concern among Boston’s beat writers were two key details.
The other was the mention of Dr. James Andrews.
This sounds ominous. Sale is not being made available to the media and they’re getting a second opinion from Dr. Andrews.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 17, 2019
Given that the words “elbow inflammation” and “James Andrews” are often precursors to the words “Tommy John surgery,” it is possible Sale could be out for the rest of the 2019 season and much of 2020.
General manager Dave Dombrowski says Sale experienced stiffness on Wednesday and Thursday, which he informed the athletic training staff about on Friday. That led to the MRI, which revealed the inflammation.
Sale was having an off year with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, but he was still an extremely important part of any Red Sox hopes for this season and the next. He currently ranks second in all of MLB in strikeout rate at 35.6 percent, behind only the Houston Astros’ Gerrit Cole.
At this point, we’re in wait and see mode. The Red Sox should have more definite answers over the next few days.
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