Red Sox getting third opinion on Chris Sale's elbow

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

After having an MRI following elbow soreness on Tuesday, Chris Sale's status remains up in the air.

The Red Sox team doctors reviewed the results of Sale's scan Tuesday afternoon, before sending them to renowned sports-surgeon Dr. James Andrews. With those results in and known only to team officials, the Sox are now looking for a third opinion.

“We need to get this right," Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke told reporters Wednesday morning. "We want as many opinions as we can. Dr Andrews saw it and read the MRI. I don’t want to comment on it until we get one more opinion.”

The third opinion will come from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. ElAttrache is the head physician for the Los Angeles Rams, and in 2008 performed Tom Brady's knee surgery following his Week 1 ACL tear.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04: Neal ElAttrache (L), team physician for the Los Angeles Rams, talks with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots before the game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Roenicke told reporters 'not to assume a worst case scenario,' but it's rare for a team to go for a third opinion after the first two are good.

Sale was shut down at the end of 2019 due to elbow discomfort, but Dr. Andrews ruled out the need for Tommy John surgery at the time.

No timetable has been given for an announcement on the results of Sale's scan, but the 30-year-old lefty told reporters on Tuesday he would have more information for them 'tomorrow'.

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