Boston Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale Out For Season

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, the team said Thursday—meaning he will be out for the 2020 season.

Sale last pitched August 13, and missed the rest of the season due to inflammation.

The team announced earlier this month that Sale had a strained flexor tendon, with interim manager Ron Roenicke initially saying Sale was ramping back up after making the announcement he wouldn't be starting opening day.

MLB.com reported that the Red Sox initially hoped rest and anti-inflammatories would ease the strain, but things didn't work out as they hoped.

Major League Baseball has delayed the opening of their season to at least May due to the coronavirus pandemic response. The season was slated to begin March 26.

Eduardo Rodriguez will likely start opening day, after pitching a career-best 19 wins last season.

According to MLB.com, this season begins a five-year, $145 million contract Sale signed with the Red Sox last year.

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