Boston Red Sox

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 17: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox leaves the field with a dislocated pinky finger after getting hit by a line drive from Aaron Hicks of the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 17: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox leaves the field with a dislocated pinky finger after getting hit by a line drive from Aaron Hicks of the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    After throwing five scoreless innings against the Rays in his 2022 MLB debut on Tuesday, Chris Sale took the mound Sunday against the Yankees for his second start of the year. However, the outing wouldn’t last long as Sale left the game in the first inning after taking a line drive off his hand.

    Sale was already 23 pitches into the first inning when facing Aaron Hicks with a 1-1 count with one runner on, two outs, and two runs already in. Hicks hit a line drive back up the middle that measured a 107 MPH exit velocity off his bat according to the Yankees’ broadcast. That ball hit Sale’s throwing hand before bouncing into shallow right field.

    (Warning, there is a close-up of Sale’s seemingly dislocated finger at the end of this clip)

  • Sale immediately walked off the mound, before the play was even over. He made his way directly down the tunnel back to the clubhouse. Before leaving the field, Sale held up his hand and showed what looked like damage to his pinky finger. There was no immediate update from the Red Sox on Sale’s status.

    UPDATE: Sale returned to the dugout in the fourth inning with his hand heavily wrapped. Shortly after, the team announced he has a fractured pinky.

  • This comes after Sale missed the first three months of the season while rehabbing from a rib injury he suffered while getting ready for spring training. It’s the third year in a row Sale has been limited – he missed all of the 2020 season and the first half of the 2021 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    The injury comes after Sale had a very encouraging 2022 debut on Tuesday against the Rays. He threw five scoreless innings in that one, allowing just three hits while striking out five.