Boston Red Sox

Apr 5, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the home opener at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

The 2020 baseball season may be on hold indefinitely thanks to COVID-19 concerns, but Red Sox starter Chris Sale’s season is officially over regardless, as the team has confirmed that Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The decision comes after an abbreviated spring that saw Sale in a hellish stop-and-start training pattern that included missed time due to an “illness,” multiple medical opinions on his beleaguered elbow, and an MRI that ultimately (and now-incorrectly) determined that he wouldn’t need Tommy John just two weeks ago.

After elbow woes limited Sale to a 6-11 record and career-worst 4.40 ERA in 147.1 innings before the team shut him down, it almost felt as if the Red Sox were going to be left hoping for a David Price-esque miracle with Sale’s elbow. That obviously did not come, even with the league pressing pause, which led the Red Sox to make this decision with their 30-year-old ace.

And in what’s nothin’ but terrible timing, this is also the first year of Sale’s new five-year, $145 million contract.

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