The Red Sox pitcher’s final positive rehabilitation steps

Red Sox share another encouraging update on Chris Sale’s rehab originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The return of the “Boogeyman” is approaching.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw about 40 shots on Friday in a paddock session at Triple-A Worcester and looked no worse for wear as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery of March 2020, according to Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The sale is expected to launch paddocks next Tuesday and Friday before facing live hitters the following week, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said on Saturday, via Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

Sale called Friday’s session a “step in the right direction”, noting that he is now able to “pitch all my pitches aggressively”, by McDonald.

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This is great news for the Red Sox, who were optimistic that Sale would return at some point in 2021, but were unsure how the 32-year-old southpaw would hold up as he ramped up his activities.

The next step after facing live hitters is usually a juvenile rehab mission, so if things continue to go well, it’s possible we could see Sale on the mound for the WooSox in early July.

Boston will likely take a conservative approach with Sale, especially after New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was shut down for six weeks in late May due to an inflamed elbow during Tommy John’s rehab.

But the Red Sox could certainly use Sale’s services for the long run – they have a 5.07 ERA as a staff as of June – and it looks like he’s on track to deliver it.

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