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.