The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handed ace Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, the team announced. The move is retroactive to last Saturday, and with everybody doing their part to say it’s not anything serious.
“If this was something more serious, I would tell you,” Sale, who is 11-4 with an AL-best 2.04 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 207 strikeouts on the year, offered. “We’re not hiding anything. This is nothing that we’re worried about. This is a concern, at most. This isn’t something I deemed, or anybody thought was, necessary to get an MRI.”
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he believes the injury will leave the team without Sale for just a ‘short time.’ He also attributed the ‘mounting’ issue to a change in Sale’s grip on his slider, though Sale disputed this notion.
Even so, it’s a mounting issue that’s had zero effect on Sale’s effectiveness on the Boston bump. Over his last 60 innings, the 29-year-old Sale has been downright untouchable, with a 0.67 ERA and 97 strikeouts. Those numbers have come with a devastating 7-1 win-loss record, and he has also not allowed a single home run over that stretch.
Given his dominance over that span, it’s not a shock that Sale wanted nothing to do with sitting out.
“I was pretty upset when the final decision was made,” Sale admitted. “At the end of the day though I’ve got to do what’s best for not only the team but myself. I don’t think me going out there not at 100 percent is going to help us. I think if I did go out there I’d probably risk something more severe, that wouldn’t do any good either.”
This is just the third disabled list trip of Sale’s career, and his first since coming to the Red Sox.
With Sale on the disabled list, the Red Sox recalled Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket.