The first pitch of the Major League Baseball season has yet to be thrown, but we know that one pitcher will not be participating when the season finally does get underway. Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox, as it was announced on Thursday, will need to have Tommy John surgery, thus putting him on the shelf for the entirety of 2020 and potentially a bit into 2021 as well.
The call was made to essentially just ‘get it over with,’ so that he would be able to recover more effectively rather than miss more, potentially, of the 2021 season. It remains to be seen how MLB will juggle the schedule once play does resume, but we do know that lefty will not be playing once it does start up. Sale is 30 years old and comes off the back of a rough 2019 in which he was 6-11 over 25 starts with a 4.40 ERA. However, he has struck out more batters, on average, than any pitcher in the ‘live ball’ era, so he is not a slouch by any means.