Chris Sale didn’t want to ‘ruin’ Portland rehab start with vaccine talk

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“Tomorrow will come. We’ll figure out this s— then, man.”

Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox pitches for the Portland Sea Dogs. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via AP

Red Sox ace Chris Sale wouldn’t talk about the COVID vaccine on Thursday, after unvaccinated players were a major talking point over the past week as the team lost two of three games at Toronto.

Sale was put on the 60-day rehab list in March after suffering a stress fracture to his rib cage. He made a rehab start for the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday. Afterwards, reporters asked if anything had changed — or would change — about his vaccination status.

“No,” Sale said. “I just had a lot of fun. Let’s not ruin it, okay? I’m enjoying this process. I’m enjoying being where I am and what I’m doing. Today is today. Tomorrow will come We’ll figure it out then, man.

Sale is one of three Red Sox players known to be unvaccinated for COVID-19 along with Tanner Houck and outfielder Jarren Duran, who both missed the series against the Blue Jays.

Alex Cora told reporters he thinks things will be different for the Red Sox in September when they return to Toronto to face the Blue Jays again.

“I don’t do politics. I barely know Puerto Ricans,” Cora said earlier this week. “I believe that for September, it will change, on our side. Let’s leave that aside. I bet you a dollar that’s gonna change.

Sale underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2020 and missed the 2020 season before returning to rotation on August 14, 2021.

Sale pitched four innings, allowing one run and four hits. According to MassLive’s Chris Smith, Sale’s fastball hovered between 91 and 96 miles per hour, and he hit 96 mph four times.

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