Red Sox lefty Chris Sale only had to look at his finger to know what was going on, which was a bummer for the pitcher. A line drive broke his pinkie finger on his pitching hand, leaving him unable to use it. A further setback for the Boston ace in an injury-plagued year leaves his season’s remaining dates questionable.
While pitching at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Sale was hit by Aaron Hicks‘ 106.7 mph liner with two outs. A deflected ball in the right field resulted in a 3-0 New York lead.
The moment I laid eyes on this finger, I knew it was broken,” Sale remarked. One of those moments when you feel as though frigid water is pouring through your body. “I looked down and saw that the finger was gone,” I recall thinking.
With his fractured finger held aloft, Sale quickly rushed off the field. The game he was hurt in, which Boston lost 13-2 before the All-Star break, was the final game before the break.
Aaron Hicks smokes a line drive off Chris Sale's pinky to score another run. Sale appears to have broken his finger and he exits the game pic.twitter.com/FNDsWNVzBc
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This season, Alex Cora didn’t rule out the possibility of Sale making a comeback for the Boston Red Sox. His next appointment was to be with a hand specialist in Boston on Sunday or Monday evening or morning.
Sale, 33, was making his second start following his recovery from a fractured rib injury. He threw 78 pitches in five scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday and only 24 pitches against the New York Yankees before being removed from the game. Asked if he was sorry, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole answered, “We truly were.” A lot of people know how hard he works and what he has overcome to be where he is.
This is a positive thing because he has the determination to keep going. For something like this, you’ll need someone with a lot of moral fiber, and he’s got that. The terrible thing is that he didn’t even get a foothold before this happened,” he stated.
The MLB lockout caused Sale to break a rib while he was exercising on his own. So far, Sale has pitched 4813 innings in his five-year, $145 million contract with the Red Sox and is under contract until 2024.
It was in his nine outings last year that he went 5-1 with a 3.16 earned run average after coming back from Tommy John surgery. Hirokazu Sawamura, a Red Sox reliever, took Sale’s spot. The Red Sox trail the AL East-leading Yankees by 1612 games, who have the best record in baseball.
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