Red Sox ace Sale (rib stress fracture) misses the opener again

FORT MYERS, FL. – Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has a stress fracture in his rib cage and will miss the start of the season.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Wednesday morning that Sale had the problem when he reported to the team’s spring training complex at the end of the lockout.

“At this point, he’s basically not throwing,” Bloom said. “We’re talking weeks, not days, until we can get our hands on a baseball.”

A seven-time All-Star, Sale spent all of 2020 and the first 4½ months of last season recovering from Tommy John’s surgery. He made five starts in 2021 before testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.

He went 5-1 in nine starts with a 3.16 ERA and also made three starts in the postseason, including a Game 5 loss to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

The injury means Sale, who said he remains unvaccinated, will likely avoid the uncomfortable position of sitting out the April 25-28 Red Sox series in Toronto. Canada requires a player to be fully vaccinated to enter the country.



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