Boston Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 23: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on July 23, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Finally, some good news for the Red Sox.

After having three separate doctors look at Chris Sale’s elbow MRI, it has been determined the 30-year-old doesn’t need Tommy John surgery right now.

Instead, its a flexor strain issue that’s causing Sale’s discomfort, according to interim manager Ron Roenicke. Sale will be shut down for a week before he begins throwing again.

This is the second time Sale has been shut down this spring. He had a late start to camp after dealing with a case of pneumonia. The lefty was already expected to start the year on the IL.

Former Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski signed Sale to a five-year, $145 million contract extension at the start of the 2019 season. That deal kicks in this year.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at