After a rollercoaster offseason, the Boston Red Sox roster appears largely set for 2023. Without much star power beyond Rafael Devers, the team is counting on the healthy returns of two of their best players from injury in order to be competitive this year.
On that front, the Red Sox received encouraging injury updates on both Chris Sale and Trevor Story during their annual Winter Weekend.
Boston Red Sox Injury News
Story told reporters that he expects to play at some point during the 2023 season. He's expected to miss at least half the season after undergoing UCL surgery on his throwing elbow earlier in January, which is the same surgery that pitchers get when they need Tommy John surgery. It was initially feared that Story might miss the entire season, so the All-Star shortstop coming back at all would be a positive, especially if the Red Sox are still in the playoff hunt during the second half.
As for Sale, he expects to be back much sooner than that.
The tall lefty is expected to be ready for Spring Training after various injuries limited him to just two starts last year. His season was officially cut short by an embarrassing wrist injury when he fell off his bicycle in August, sidelining him for the stretch run.
Boston is desperately counting on Sale to lead the rotation after making just 11 starts in the last three seasons combined. Without him, the team lacks a true ace at the top of the staff.
The fate of the Red Sox's season will likely hinge on what they can get out of Sale and Story. If Sale magically stays healthy for an entire season and Story returns strong in the second half, they might have a shot at a Wild Card spot. If Sale's injury woes persist and Story's recovery takes longer than expected, however, another last-place finish could be in the offing.
Like many sportsbooks and projection systems, FanDuel is largely lukewarm on Boston. The Red Sox are currently tied with the Chicago Cubs for the 10th-worst World Series odds (+8000) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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