Despite being riddled by injuries, the Red Sox should expect their ace back soon.
It was recently announced via interview that the Red Sox are planning to skip Chris Sale in the upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but expect him to return this weekend against Baltimore.
The previous impression was that Sale was planning on returning after becoming immediately eligible, but Alex Cora mentioned that the plan would be to start this weekend and avoid the interleague series in Philadelphia. Cora will not be taking a play out of John Farrell‘s playbook (see Steven Wright injury) in letting Sale swing a bat, but will rather play it safe and let his ace slowly return to action.
Chris Sale will likely start in baltimore next weekend, Cora said. Didn’t want him to pitch in Toronto because it would line him up for Philly and they don’t want him to hit in Philly. Not a setback Cora says.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) August 6, 2018
All things considered, this is a wise move by the Red Sox. They now have a 9.5 game lead in the AL East and will continue to set their rotation up with Drew Pomeranz facing the Blue Jays in the opener on Tuesday.
More Injury Notes
While the Red Sox have dealt with a plethora of injuries, they still remain one of the best teams in all of baseball. Improved health should only increase their skillset.