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Left-hander Chris Sale points the way to a WooSox victory Saturday over the Buffalo Bisons.

Chris Sale‘s rehab stint has come to an end. The Red Sox’s ace is set to return to the team’s major league rotation next weekend.

Speaking with media before Sunday’s game against Toronto, manager Alex Cora said Sale will start for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Orioles at Fenway Park. That will be two years and a day after his last MLB appearance, which was August 13, 2019. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2020.

Sale made five rehab starts in total – one in the Florida Complex League, two with Double-AA Portland, and two with Triple-AAA Worcester. During that stretch he threw 20 innings, striking out 35 batters and posting a 1.35 ERA and 1.100 WHIP.

In his final rehab start on Saturday, Sale threw 89 pitches over 4.2 innings for the WooSox. He struck out eight of the 19 hitters he faced, while allowing two hits, three walks, and no runs.

For now, Sale officially remains on the 60-day IL. The Red Sox likely won’t activate him until after Friday’s game.

The Red Sox did make a series of roster moves Sunday morning. J.D. Martinez and Jarren Duran were activated from COVID-related IL, Connor Wong was optioned to Triple-AAA Worcester, and Alex Verdugo was placed on paternity leave.

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