Chris Sale has not pitched a game for the Boston Red Sox since 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020. However, the seven-time All-Star is expected to return at some point this season.
Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush told reporters Sunday that Sale says he “feels like a pitcher again” as he works his way back to the mound, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe:
Bush’s comments come after Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Saturday that Sale has been throwing bullpen sessions routinely the past couple of weeks.
“He was able to repeat his delivery and so it was another positive day for him,” Cora said, according to MassLive’s Christopher Smith.
The Red Sox have been surprisingly decent on the mound with Sale sidelined. Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Richards, Nick Pivetta and Martin Perez have combined for a 4.03 ERA and 246 strikeouts over 250.1 innings.
Boston’s play on the mound and at the plate has the Red Sox first in the AL East with a 29-18 record, which wasn’t expected after a disappointing 2020 season.
When Sale returns, things might only get better for the Red Sox.