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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale suffered a setback in his recovery from a broken rib cage suffered in late February, baseball manager Chaim Bloom said ahead of Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
“He had a little, it’s a personal medical issue — it’s not orthopedic, it’s not COVID-related — that interrupted his throwing for a little while,” Bloom said.
“It’s not baseball related,” he added. “He should be back in a few days.”
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Asked if that would push Sale’s potential return from the injured list from 60 days in early June to later that month, Bloom said: “I think, basically, we were hoping to do that. come back when he was eligible. I think we’re talking about a few weeks (later) – it’s to get him back to start a major league game.”
The Red Sox signed Sale to a five-year, $145 million deal in March 2019. Since then, he went just 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 2019 before having Tommy John surgery. on his 31st birthday – March 30, 2020.
Last season he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in just nine games.
Bloom also discussed the poor start of the Red Sox (10-17), who had lost 12 of their last 16 games.
Mainly, he says, the weakness has been Boston’s lackluster offense, which entered the majors on Saturday 25th in points per game.
“The record speaks for itself,” he said. “We all thought, and we still think, that’s going to be a strength and we haven’t got there yet. It’s really been up and down in the lineup. There’s a lot of guys that don’t work like they expected it, and we expect it.”
The Red Sox were a surprise last season, winning a wild card game against the Yankees and beating AL East champion Tampa Bay in four games in the Divisional Round before losing to Houston in six games in the AL Championship Series. They entered Saturday nine games behind the Yankees in first place.
“It’s true. We dug ourselves a hole, no doubt,” Bloom said, in his second season with the Red Sox. “We didn’t play well. Panic is not going to help. We have to play better. We put ourselves in this situation. There is a difference between urgency and panic. We have to show more urgency. “
NOTES: Bloom said LHP James Paxton, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery, had “a little bump in the road, elbow pain that we checked out. It doesn’t look like anything major.” … LHP Rich Hill, listed on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday, tested positive, manager Alex Cora said before the game.