BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's a big blow to the Red Sox before the season even started. Ace pitcher Chris Sale told reporters at spring training on Wednesday that he had a rib fracture.
"If I were to sneeze or cough right now, it would be pretty uncomfortable," Sale told reporters. Sale is expected to be out at least six weeks, which means he's all but certain to miss the beginning of season. The injury happened when he was pitching a batting practice before the lockout ended.
"We're talking weeks, not days before he can get a baseball back in his hand," said Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox Chief of Baseball Operations. Sale said he was very frustrated by the development. The pitcher has been injured for the past four seasons, and has been trying to get healthy. Sale has been with the Sox since 2017.
Sale said it feels like he "Built a badass racecar and it broke down before the race started, and I'm in the garage trying to fix it back up," he said.
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