Chris Sale’s return to the mound is getting closer.
The left-hander has spent most of the 2021 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery in Fort Myers, Florida, but his arrival in Boston this week indicates that the Red Doctors ’ace may be ready to return soon.
According to Athletics Jen McCaffrey, the Red Sox are destined for a return in mid-August for the 2018 World Series champions.
“At two months, it’s a reasonable assumption at this point, without setting a date,” said Dave Bush, pitching coach. “Where he’s at now is about where guys would be just before they show up at Fort Myers, which is on the mound, building up their bullpen strength. The next step when they show up in spring training is a couple of bullpens, live BP then games, then it’s a reasonable assumption as to where we are now. ”
The sale could return sooner, but it was delayed in the fall due to a neck problem and will return in January after I contracted COVID-19.
The 32-year-old jokingly told manager Alex Cora that he would be ready to launch next week for the second game in Atlanta because he wants to play at Truist Park.
When Sale returns, he probably won’t have a chance to go to the plate. A return in mid-August would have pitted him against either the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees or Texas Rangers. At this point, the Red Sox will not make a National League opponent away from Fenway Park until October.
The sale hasn’t launched since 2019, which was a falling year for him. He went 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA, 1,086 WHIP and 218 strikeouts in 147.1 innings. The Florida native hopes Tommy John’s surgery will return him to his All-Star form. Prior to 2019, he was an All-Star in seven consecutive seasons.