The Red Sox announced on Monday that starter Chris Sale saw Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed the lefty is dealing with inflammation in his pitching elbow. Sale received a platelet-rich plasma injection and has been shut down from throwing. He will be reevaluated in six weeks.
Six weeks takes us to the day after the end of the regular season, so Sale is effectively done for the year. The Red Sox are 16.0 games out of first place in the AL East, but are 6.5 games out of the second Wild Card. Even if the Red Sox got into the playoffs as a Wild Card, Sale would need to build his stamina back up so he likely wouldn’t be available in the ALDS at the very least.
Sale, 30, went 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA and a 218/37 K/BB ratio in 147 1/3 innings across 25 starts this year. His five-year, $145 million contract extension will begin next year.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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