Red Sox News: Boston Provides Timetable for Chris Sale's Return from IL

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Boston Red Sox have provided a timetable for Chris Sale's return from the injured list.
The Boston Red Sox have provided a timetable for Chris Sale's return from the injured list. / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

It's been pretty remarkable the way Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox have turned things around in 2021. Boston is clearly one of the best teams in baseball with their 54-33 record to back that up. Keep in mind, they've had all this success without their seven-time All-Star starting pitcher Chris Sale.

After a lengthy rehab road from Tommy John surgery back at the end of 2019, there's finally a somewhat concrete timetable for Sale's return. Sale hasn't pitched in the big leagues since Aug. 13, 2019.

Chris Sale Injury Update

We've already seen recent reports that Sale is eyeing a return in 2021. On Wednesday, Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush reported what they'll need to see from their ace before he's reinstated from the injured list.

Bush explained that while Sale has begun throwing live batting practice sessions, he'll need to work up to 5-6 innings before he can come back. After not pitching for two years, that will take some time, but middle of August seems like a realistic timeframe.

Sale owns those seven All-Star appearances thanks to a career 3.03 ERA mark with several seasons earning a sub-3.00 mark, including his 2.11 figure in 2018.

The Red Sox sit with the sixth-best odds (+1100) to win the World Series, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. If Sale can return anywhere close to his 2018 form, this team will make a deep run in October baseball.

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