If there were pitching questions surrounding Red Sox camp, there will certainly be more shortly.
It was announced Thursday morning by manager, Ron Roenicke, that Chris Sale would begin the season on the Injured List. The Red Sox ace has dealt with pneumonia which has caused him to miss some extended time.
Roenicke says Sale will be on injured list to start season. Says he’s about 2 weeks behind.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) February 27, 2020
It’s never a good thing to have your ace open up the season on the shelf; however the saving grace is that it appears to be a non-throwing injury that will be the root cause. Ron Roenicke highlighted an illness, rather than his elbow that caused issues last season as the culprit.
The Red Sox already have plenty of rotation issues to be addressed in the coming weeks. They’ve lost multiple members of last season’s rotation and have yet to fill them with firm answers. Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Martin Perez figure to be in the rotation for certain, but the rest of Spring Training will be spent figuring out the final spot (or two) to begin the season.
As some have mentioned, the Red Sox open the season with eight consecutive games which does not yield for much manipulation of the current rotation. Roenicke had mentioned the idea of deploying the opener, but may be forced into that due to an overall shortage of starting rotation depth. Chaim Bloom may seek to add reinforcements via trade; however the current state of the rotation leaves plenty to be desired.
A slower approach for Chris Sale isn’t the worse possible outcome, but missing your ace on Opening Day is never a welcomed sight.
*If you want to read about possible back-end of the rotation options, you can find that here.*