The team announced Thursday that Sale would have reconstructive surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He originally felt soreness in his elbow March 2 and multiple doctors told him to rest for 10 days before throwing again. Sale picked up a baseball and started throwing again Wednesday; one day later, he's scheduled for season-ending surgery.
Sale, 30, endured the worst season of his MLB career in 2019. He made just 25 starts-his fewest since becoming a full-time starter in 2012-and posted a 4.40 ERA with 218 strikeouts in 147.1 innings. He missed the final six weeks of the season with elbow inflammation.
It's been a tough week for Boston fans. The news comes the same week that Tom Brady reportedly agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Red Sox already weren't expected to contend in 2020 after trading Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this offseason.
Now, those chances of contending become even slimmer with Sale on the shelf.
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