This offseason is one to forget for the Red Sox, as things continue to spiral downwards. Three weeks ago, former All-Star Chris Sale went for multiple opinions on his elbow, including a stop with Dr. James Andrews. It was determined that Sale would not need Tommy John surgery, then, after two weeks of rest, Sale would be able to begin throwing.
Shortly after Sale began his throwing program, his elbow discomfort came back. It was announced on March 19th that Sale will go ahead with the surgery. With not having a time table for when the 2020 season will begin, it’s unclear how much actual game action Sale will miss. Unfortunately, Sox fans shouldn’t expect to see him till mid-late 2021.
Sale struggled through all of 2019, his worst year to date, as he posted a 4.40 ERA, with a 6-11 record. Though he still managed 200+ strikeouts, he also saw a significant dip in velocity.
After the loss of Sale, and the trade of Price, Boston’s rotation is limited to Rodriguez, Eovaldi and Martin Perez. Two starters are expected to fill the holes in the back end of the rotation. Presumably Brian Johnson and an opener.
It should also be noted that Chris Sale signed a 5-year, 145 million dollar extension with the Red Sox heading into the 2019 season.
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