Boston Red Sox

Jun 10, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Fenway Park.

On Saturday, Chris Sale took another major step on his path to returning to the major leagues. The 32-year-old lefty threw a simulated game at Fenway Park, making it the first time he has faced hitters since Tommy John surgery last March.

Following the outing, the Major League Baseball twitter account shared a clip of Sale throwing.

There were not immediate details made public about the session such as how long Sale threw for or how he looked, but manager Alex Cora may have more before Saturday night’s game against the Yankees.

This simulated game follows Sale facing non-swinging hitters on Tuesday in Portland. Sale has seemingly made tremendous progress since rejoining the team last month.

With another big step, Sale’s return is starting to feel closer and closer. Cora recently told reporters he expects Sale to throw two total simulated games before beginning a rehab assignment, meaning at this pace Sale could see game action – albeit in the minor leagues – by early July.

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