Red Sox starter Chris Sale has begun a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. Sale was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow earlier this month. The program will help the Red Sox and Sale, as well as team doctors, determine if Sale will be able to pitch this year or if he should undergo surgery.
Sale, who turns 31 years old in 12 days, signed a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the Red Sox around this time last year. He went on to have a nightmare of a season, finishing 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA and a 218/37 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings. Sale missed the final month and a half of the season due to inflammation in his left elbow.
Sale also missed time in the second half of the 2018 season as a result of a shoulder injury. It’s been a rough couple of years for the lefty.
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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