Chris Sale’s 2022 season is over, according to the Boston Red Sox, who revealed Monday that he had successful surgery to repair a broken wrist suffered in a bike accident over the weekend. The team confirmed that he would miss the rest of the season but will be ready for spring training next year. This is the latest in a series of significant ailments for Chris Sale after signing a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the Red Sox in 2019.
On Tuesday morning, Red Sox CEO Chaim Bloom released additional details to local media:
Chris Sale, 33, was already on the disabled list after suffering a fractured finger in July after his second start of the season. Prior to that, Sale had been out with a right rib stress fracture, which had kept him out for the first three months of the season. Elbow problems that began in August of 2019 and eventually necessitated Tommy John surgery cost Sale the whole 2020 season and limited him to only nine starts in 2021.
Sale has not pitched since leaving his July 17 start against the Yankees in the first inning after being hit in the left hand by a line ball. The next day, he had surgery on his left pinky to fix a fracture, and he was working toward a possible return before the season ended.
To put it another way, Chris Sale has only pitched 48 1/3 innings for Boston in the regular season since the start of that lost 2020 season. When healthy, Sale appears capable of pitching at an ace-ish level, but health has clearly been elusive in recent years. Sale is under contract in Boston until at least the 2024 season, with a vesting option for 2025. He’s owed at least $55 million after this season. At the time of writing, the Red Sox are considered postseason longshots.
Chris Sale Injury update by Red Sox
They have a 54-56 record, a minus-30 run differential, and are in last place in the American League East. Boston currently has a 9.0 percent chance of making the expanded postseason field, according to the SportsLine Projection System. Chris Sale, the Red Sox pitcher, will miss the rest of the 2022 season after undergoing surgery for a fractured wrist sustained in a recent bicycling accident.
Chris Sale “underwent an open reduction and internal repair of a right distal radius (wrist) fracture,” according to the team’s release on Tuesday. Sale “suffered his injury during a cycling accident on Saturday, August 6,” according to the organisation. Sale, 33, will now miss the rest of the season after pitching just 48.1 innings since the end of the 2019 season due to injury. Sale is “expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training in 2023,” according to the Red Sox. It’s understandable why the Red Sox would bench Sale for the season.
For starters, Sale struggled in his two starts this season, allowing five hits and two earned runs in two Red Sox losses. Boston, too, is looking at a last-place finish in the AL East and has their sights set on next season. Sale has two years remaining on his five-year, $55 million contract deal.