Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale has a sore elbow. The Sox have sent him for an MRI. According to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald, the images will be forward on to Dr. James Andrews. Manager Ron Roenicke told the press that he’s “concerned” but doesn’t have more information right now.
Sale pitched a batting practice session yesterday and said he felt good. So much for that.
Sale was already expected to begin the year on the injured list, but at the time the Sox said it was due to him being sidelined with pneumonia and that he was thus a couple of weeks behind in his preparation. They said it had nothing to do with his elbow. That didn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me at the time. Now I suppose that’s academic.
Sale last faced hitters on August 13 when he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts over 6.2 innings against the Indians. He was put on the injured list after that with elbow inflammation, ending his season at 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts.
Now his entire 2020 season is at risk as well, it would seem.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.