To this point, Chris Sale had spent the season in Fort Myers, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he had in 2020. On Monday, Sale rejoined the Red Sox for the first time since Opening Day, with manager Alex Cora telling reporters his rehab is “trending up,” with the expectation that the lefty will be facing hitters soon.
Before Tuesday’s series opener against the Houston Astros, Sale was spotted throwing both on the field and in the bullpen at Fenway Park. After his throwing session, Sale spoke with Red Sox media for the first time in almost two years.
“This is the hardest challenge I’ve ever had in my life,” Sale continued. “I’ve put myself in the best position. I’ve had a lot of help through the process, and I’ve been very pleased with what has been going on and where I’m at, and what has happened.”
For Sale, there were some advantages to beginning his rehab away from the team. He’s from western Florida, and played his college ball at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. “Throwing bullpens in Florida was nice, and I was able to spend time with my family and focus on what I needed to do for myself and body,” he said.
Sale wasn’t alone in Fort Myers. Red Sox prospect Connor Seabold has also been working out in Fort Myers, and offered a scouting report on Twitter.
“Got to see a few of his pens while he was down here in [the] fort and let me tell ya, he looks good. Boogeyman’s coming,” Seabold relayed, quote-tweeting a picture of Sale.