Red Sox’s Chris Sale takes milestone in Tommy John rehab

Sale hits ‘big milestone’ in rehab Tommy John originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Chris Sale is set to return to the Boston Red Sox rotation.

The southpaw threw a mound on Tuesday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery in March 2020. Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom shared the encouraging news.

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“He got up from a mound today, you know, really more just to feel like it,” Bloom said ahead of Tuesday’s Red Sox-Tigers game. “It wasn’t a long pitching session, but at the end of the session this morning he got up from the mound and threw a few shots out of the mound. It is therefore an important step for him. It’s the first time he’s done this since the operation. It is therefore very light today. But great for Chris and great for the organization. “

The Red Sox have been careful not to name a definitive schedule for Sale’s return, but the goal is to regain their ace this summer.

“The next step is obviously to get into some regular mounding and mounding work with some intensity, and then we can start to think about playing the batters and setting a game schedule,” Bloom said. “So I don’t know exactly when that will happen, and every time it does, we have to do it right. But the important thing is to move forward. “

Without a sale, Boston’s rotation has been surprisingly strong this season after a disastrous 2020. The pitching staff rank 10th in the MLB with a 3.74 ERA in 29 games.

Add a healthy sale to the equation and the Red Sox could suddenly end up with one of baseball’s best spins.

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