Red Sox Sale left-hander gets finger surgery, no return date set

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BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale had surgery on his broken left pinky finger Monday, a day after he was hit by a line drive during a game against the New York Yankees.

The team called the operation successful but did not give a timeline for its return. A broken bone usually takes 4-6 weeks to heal, which would allow Sale to return before the end of the season.

In the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Yankees — just his second start since returning from a broken rib — Sale was hit in the hand by Aaron Hicks’ 106 mph line drive. The Red Sox starter screamed in pain and immediately walked off the field.


“One look at that finger, I knew (it was broken) immediately,” Sale said on Sunday. “That feeling of that kind of cold water rushing through your body when something like that happens. As soon as I hit the ground I looked down, the finger was gone.

A seven-time All-Star with the potential to be a staff ace if healthy – and vaccinated – Sale broke a rib while training alone during the lockdown. He came back Tuesday and pitched five scoreless innings against Tampa Bay.

Sale, 33, has thrown just 48 1/3 innings for the Red Sox since the end of the 2019 season. Last season, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in nine starts in his back from Tommy John’s surgery.

He is in the third year of a five-year, $145 million contract.

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Laura J. Boyer