Boston Red Sox

Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) reacts during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

Chris Sale’s disappointing 2019 season took another turn for the worse Saturday as the left-hander landed on the injured list with elbow inflammation.

And well-known orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews is getting involved.

According to the team, an MRI revealed inflammation in Sale’s elbow. He plans to get a second opinion from Andrews, who is arguably the leading Tommy John surgeon in the country.

“I can’t tell you anything other than inflammation,” President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. “I can’t tell you what’s on the MRI. They’re still looking at the information, so we don’t have any further diagnosis than that at this point.”

Andrews will review the MRI on Monday and it’s possible Sale could meet with Andrews after that.

According to Dombrowski, Sale started to feel stiffness in his elbow following Tuesday’s start against the Indians.

It is unclear if Sale will be able to pitch again this season.

Sale signed a 5-year, $145 million contract extension in March, but that extension does not begin until next year.

Ryan Brasier was called up from Pawtucket to take Sale’s spot on the roster.

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