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Red Sox Southpaw Chris Sale suffered a setback in his recovery from a fractured rib cage in late February, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said ahead of Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
“He had a little personal medical issue – he’s not orthopedic, he’s not COVID-related – that put his launch on hold for a while,” Bloom said.
“It’s not related to baseball,” he added. “He Should be back in a few days.”
Asked if that will push Sale’s potential return from the 60-day injury list in early June later this month, Bloom said: “I think, in layman’s terms, we were hoping to get him back when he was eligible. I think that.” Let’s talk about a few weeks (later) – it’s to get him back to start a major league game. “
The Red Sox signed Sale for a $ 145 million five-year contract in March 2019. Since then, he went 6-11 with an ERA of 4.40 in ’19 before undergoing surgery on Tommy John on the day of the his 31st birthday, March 30, 2020.
Last season, he went 5-1 with an ERA of 3.16 in just nine games.
Bloom also discussed the bad start of the last Red Sox (10-17), who had lost 12 of the last 16.
Primarily, he felt the weak point was Boston’s poor bout, which entered the majors in runs per game on Saturday 25th.
“The record speaks for itself,” he said. “We all thought, and we still think, that it was going to be a selling point and we’re not there yet. It’s been really up and down training. There are a lot of guys who don’t perform as they expect, and we expect them to. “
The Red Sox were a surprise last season, winning a wild card game against the Yankees and defeating the AL East Tampa Bay champion in four games in the division bracket before losing to Houston in six games in the AL Championship Series. They entered nine games on Saturday behind the Yankees in first place.
“That’s right. We dug a hole, there’s no question,” Bloom said, in his second season with the Red Sox. “We didn’t play well. Panic won’t help us. We have to play better. We put ourselves in that situation. There is a difference between urgency and panic. We have to show more urgency.”
NOTES: Bloom said LHP James Paxton, recovering from surgery on Tommy John, hit a “little bump on the road, pain in his elbow that we had experienced. It doesn’t seem like anything serious.” … LHP Rich Hill, on the COVID-19 injury list on Friday, tested positive, manager Alex Cora said ahead of the game.