Red Sox’s Chris Sale to experience Tommy John medical procedure

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will bear Tommy John surgical procedure, Chaim Bloom, the group’s chief baseball officer, introduced Thursday.

The surgical procedure will maintain Sale from pitching this season, the beginning of which is being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recovery from the surgical procedure often takes no less than a yr.

Sale, 30, is getting into the primary yr of a five-year contract price $145 million.

He skilled elbow soreness throughout spring coaching on March 1 — his first time dealing with batters since August — and was shut down.

Sale underwent an MRI on March 3, and the outcomes have been examined by Red Sox medical doctors together with famend surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Manager Ron Roenicke stated March 5 that neither Andrews nor ElAttrache really useful surgical procedure for Sale’s elbow.

“Doctors have advised him to wait another week before he starts throwing again,” Roenicke stated. “He’ll start playing catch again. If everything is good, we’ll progress.”

Sale went on the Injured List on Aug. 17 final season with elbow irritation and missed the rest of the season.

The seven-time All-Star final confronted hitters on Aug. 13, ending his worst season at 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 begins.

Surgery was not really useful final August, with Sale receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in an try to heal his elbow.

After permitting 17 earned runs over his first 4 begins final season, he pitched to a 3.83 ERA in his closing 21 begins earlier than being shut down, holding opponents to a .207 batting common.

Sale, a seven-time All-Star is 109-73 with a 3.03 profession ERA in 312 appearances, together with 232 begins. Sale has struck out 30.7 p.c of batters confronted, the very best fee within the Live Ball Era (min. 1, IP).