Boston Red Sox

Oct 20, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After a minor-league rehab process that included its positives as well as a smashed television, Red Sox lefty Chris Sale will make his long-awaited 2022 season debut Tuesday night against the Rays, according to The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.

Sale’s delayed start to the 2022 campaign came as a result the 6-foot-6 lefty suffering a stress fracture in his ribs, which was sustained during an offseason workout during the MLB lockout.

The recovery included an aforementioned minor-league run, with four starts in total between the Gulf Coast League, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Worcester, with 19 strikeouts, 11 hits, and a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings of work for the club’s affiliates. In his final minor-league start, which came earlier this week and with that viral clip that wouldn’t fly at Bank of America, Sale surrendered one run on three hits, five walks, and five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.

Sale is coming off a 2021 campaign that was also injury-delayed (Sale was recovering from Tommy John surgery) and included a 5-1 record, 52 strikeouts, and a 3.16 ERA in nine starts.

The Red Sox could certainly use some vintage Sale to help kick them out of this recent funk, too, as they have dropped six of their eight games in the month of July, including four straight.

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