Chris Sale Out Until at Least August Because of Shoulder, Latest Injury Setback
NEW YORK (AP) Boston left-hander Chris Sale will be sidelined until at least August because of a stress reaction in his left scapula, the latest in a series of setbacks since the Red Sox agreed to a long-term deal before the 2019 season that guaranteed him $160 million.
Sale left a June 1 start against Cincinnati in the fourth inning because of shoulder soreness, an outing in which his velocity started to drop in the third. The 34-year-old went on the 15-day injured list the following day and Boston moved him to the 60-day IL on Friday. He won't throw for three-to-four weeks, and the earliest he can return is Aug. 1.
Now weve just got to be patient, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before a series opener at the New York Yankees. No surgical procedure, and thats huge for us.
Kutter Crawford likely will take a turn in the rotation on Tuesday against Colorado.
As part of a flurry of moves, pitcher Matt Dermody was designated for assignment, a day after he made his first major league start and said he regretted posting a homophobic tweet two years ago.