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The Boston left-hander has a stress reaction in the scapula bone (shoulder blade), MassLive’s Sean McAdam reported. It will not require surgery, but will require rest and rehab. He’ll be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.
Sale will be eligible to come off the IL on Aug. 2.
Sale suffered the injury in the Red Sox’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds last week and left in the fourth inning after two visits from the team trainer. He struck out six batters and gave up one earned run before his exit.
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The Red Sox originally placed Sale on the 15-day IL with shoulder soreness while they waited for more tests. The day after the injury occurred, Sale met with reporters.
“It’s just kind of a gut punch. I hate feeling like this,” Sale told reporters at Fenway Park on June 2. “I started having fun playing baseball again, and now I’m back to not having fun, and that sucks.”
It’s been a rough road for Sale in terms of injuries. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 that wiped out most of his 2021 campaign, and suffered a stress fracture in his rib cage before spring training began last year.
Sale began this year healthy, and despite struggling in his first few starts, he began to find his form. The southpaw pitched at least five innings in his last four starts, including an eight-inning outing on May 13 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sale was 5-2 with a 4.58 ERA before going on the IL.