About 17 months since undergoing Tommy John surgery, it's looking like Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is getting closer to returning to the mound. The 32-year-old southpaw has been rehabbing his elbow as of late in Fort Myers, Florida and is set to pitch another simulated game on Saturday.
The hope is to get Sale on a Triple-A rehab assignment after next week's MLB All-Star break, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. As of right now, it looks like that'll be with Boston's affiliate in Worcester, MA.
Chris Sale Injury Update
While the latest injury update is good news, don't expect to see Sale back on the mound by the end of July. He still needs to ramp up his pitch count to a level where the Red Sox would feel comfortable starting him in a game. Keeping that in mind, sometime in August seems like a more realistic date.
Even without Sale in the rotation, Boston has been having a terrific season. The Red Sox are 55-34, leading the AL East by 2.5 games. However, getting a starting pitcher of Sale's quality back in the lineup would certainly improve their championship odds — especially if Tommy John surgery has helped the seven-time MLB All-Star return to form.
While Sale had a disappointing 4.40 ERA and 6-11 record in 2019, he went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA in the season before that. If Boston is getting that version of Sale back, the rest of the league better watch out.
The Red Sox currently have +1200 odds (sixth-best in MLB) to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds also ranked third among all American League teams, trailing only the Houston Astros (+450) and Chicago White Sox (+850).
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