Chris Sale is approaching the return for the Red Sox – and he can’t wait to contribute to Boston’s initial rotation, according to ESPN.
The 32-year-old left to face live batters three times now while working on Tommy John’s surgery in March last year. In Wednesday’s session, he threw “fastballs at 94-95 mph alongside a mix of sliders and shifts,” according to ESPN’s Joon Lee. He will now go to the Red Sox’s spring training facility in Florida to get more work before he can go on a Triple-A rehabilitation mission.
If there is no defeat, Sale could return to the Boston rotation in August.
At the moment, Sale’s big focus is “what I feel like when I launch on the mound during games and games (simulated) and rehab games and how I recover the next day”.
“These are the two biggest things for me now,” he added. “How do you see the ball when I’m out throwing and when I wake up the next morning. How do you feel?”
With Boston currently occupying first place in the NL East, questions about making a deep run in the postseason are already turning up. Sale was asked Thursday if he could be a key player in getting the Red Sox to a World Series.
“It’s the plan,” he said. “Our staff has done a hell of a lot of work up to this point … We have the best offense in baseball and you have to throw the ball too, and our guys have done an incredible job keeping us in games and putting great starts when it comes. we need to. And for me, I just have to come in and do my job. “