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Red Sox ace Chris Sale (elbow) has advanced throwing off flat ground 120 feet but no date announced for when he’ll throw off a mound.
Sale is on track to return from Tommy John surgery sometime in the middle of the season. The Red Sox haven’t announced a specific timeline and Sale has yet to throw off a mound. Sale is currently 77th among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings, but that number could drop if his return to the mound is delayed.
Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush says that Chris Sale is in a throwing program but has not thrown off a mound yet. The southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery last year.
Sale hopes to return midseason, though Boston will surely be cautious with its ace. The seven-time All-Star, seven-time Cy Young candidate, and four-time MVP candidate owns a 3.03 ERA through 312 career outings. Due to his injury status, he is listed 77th among starters in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Chris Sale, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, was placed on the 60-day IL as a procedural move to clear a roster spot for reliever John Schreiber, whom Boston just claimed off waivers.
Sale likely won't be available to pitch for the Red Sox until May or June as he underwent Tommy John surgery last March. This was just a procedural move to clear roster space.
Rob Bradford of WEEI reports Red Sox LHP Chris Sale suffered a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery around the holidays.
The good news is the setback wasn't an elbow problem, but was instead caused by neck stiffness. This explains why he hasn't gotten on a mound yet. The southpaw has also resumed throwing already, so he's back on track for a midseason return.
Chris Sale's agent, B.B. Abbott, says that his client could be throwing off a mound in January.
Sale underwent Tommy John surgery in March and is currently long-tossing. His rehab has gone smoothly, but he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season. We should have a better idea on his timeline once spring training begins.