Boston Red Sox

Chris Sale, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox baseball team warms up during the first day Spring Training for the full squad at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers on Monday, February 22, 2021. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is it is uncertain when he is returning.

By all accounts, Chris Sale continues to move quickly through his rehab process. After making his first live start on Thursday, the 31-year-old lefty is ready to take the next step back towards the majors.

On Friday, Alex Cora told reporters Sale’s next start will be Tuesday night with the Double-AA Portland Sea Dogs. That game will be at 6:00 p.m. against the Harrisburg Senators.

It’s a big jump and quick turnaround for Sale, who made his 2021 debut with the Florida Complex League Red Sox on Thursday. Even though he only threw 23 pitches, it’s notable that the Red Sox are keeping him on a schedule with four days rest, simulating a major league five-man rotation.

In his last outing, Sale didn’t give up a run, and allowed four hits in three innings while striking out five. It was his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2020, and his first time pitching in a competitive game since August of 2019.

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