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

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

There’s finally some good news for the Boston Red Sox and ace Chris Sale, as the lefty’s recovery from Tommy John surgery is ‘going great’ according to Sale’s agent, B.B. Abbott.

“If anything, they’ll be holding him back,”Abbott told the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier. “From a work ethic standpoint, he’s not going to fall off at all. He’s going to be in a good place physically.”

The 31-year-old Sale, who was initially informed that he did not need the surgery, underwent the season-ending procedure back on Mar. 30, which comes with a 15-month recovery. That, if what Abbott is saying is true and this rehabilitation comes without a setback between now and the start of the 2021 season, would likely set Sale up for a season debut sometime in July.

There’s been talk of a potential June return, but that’s always felt a little optimistic and still does, especially with the Red Sox having invested $145 million over five years in Sale in 2019.

Pre-surgery Sale struggled mightily in 2019, with just six victories and a career-worst 4.40 ERA over 25 starts. Before that, Sale was an undeniable ace for the Boston rotation, and finished in the top four in Cy Young voting in both 2017 and 2018. Abbott thinks the Red Sox will get more of the latter upon Sale’s return, too.

“I think on the other side, he’s going to look like the old Chris Sale,” said Abbott. “I don’t anticipate anything different from him.”

Sale has compiled a 35-23 record, 3.08 ERA, and 763 strikeouts in 519.2 innings of work since his trade to Boston in Dec. 2016.

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