The season has not even started yet but Chris Sale has suffered another setback and this one should definitely concern any Red Sox fan. After throwing just 15 pitches during live batting practice on Monday, Sale experienced soreness in his left elbow. He had an MRI after the session and the results will be sent to sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Sale will already be starting the season on the injured list after he was set back two weeks in spring training with pneumonia. Maybe the reports of Chris Sale battling pneumonia were just an excuse to cover up the truth of his real injury situation which seems to be a lot worse than anyone was expecting.
The Red Sox starter insisted that his elbow was in a good place as recently as last week but had not thrown to live batters yesterday. Boston shut Sale down last August because of left elbow inflammation. It was decided for him to rest his arm rather than having surgery in order to recover. Many were stunned that he did not take the surgery route and in hind sight, maybe that is what he should have done.
Now with just a few weeks until the regular season gets underway, it seems like he is heading in the direction of Tommy John surgery. We will see what Dr. James Andrews has to say after looking over the results of Sale's MRI but usually when he is involved, Tommy John surgery is a real possibility. This is the worst possible scenario for the Red Sox as their rotation currently has only three healthy starters in Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez. Tommy John surgery typically means an 18 month recovery period and if that is what's needed for Boston's ace, then this season could a long and rough one for Red Sox fans. In an offseason where many fans were not happy with Mookie Betts heading to L.A. to play with the Dodgers, Chris Sale's latest injury update could foreshadow a disastrous 2020 season for the Red Sox before the season even begins.