The Red Sox made a number of roster moves on Monday, getting their roster set for Opening Day on Thursday. Among those moves – placing starting pitcher Chris Sale on the 60-day IL with a ‘right rib stress fracture.’
Sale originally suffered the injury during a player-organized workout towards the end of the MLB lockout. He has not participated in Spring Training. The injury will now cost him at least the first two months of the 2022 season, with Monday, June 6 being the soonest he can return.
This will be the third year in a row Sale misses significant time. He sat out the entire 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, then missed most of last season due to recovery and complications from that surgery. He ended up making nine starts, going 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA. Sale also made three appearances in the playoffs, throwing nine innings over three starts with an 8.00 ERA. In total, Sale has thrown 51.2 innings since August 2019.
With Sale out of the picture for the time being, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta will hold things down at the top of the Red Sox starting rotation. They’ll be followed by Tanner Houck, Michael Wacha, and Rich Hill, with Garrett Whitlock potentially an option to step in if needed. Alex Cora announced the expected rotation on Monday.
Sale’s open 40-man roster spot was given to 27-year-old righty reliever Tyler Danish, who the team signed to a minor league deal back in February. Danish appeared in 11 games for the Chicago White Sox between 2016 and 2018, but hasn’t appeared in the majors since. He’s come on strong this spring, allowing just four hits and one earned run in six innings of relief. His five appearances are tied for the most by a Red Sox pitcher in Spring Training.
In their other Monday moves, the Red Sox reassigned pitcher John Schreiber and outfielder Franchy Cordero to the minor leagues, and transferred prospect pitchers Jay Groome and Brayan Bello from Triple-A Worcester to Double-A Portland.
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