After things didn’t go the way he wanted during his most recent rehab start for Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday night, he lost his mind and started throwing things around the dugout in rage.
Here is the video, if you haven’t seen it already.
“VIDEO: #RedSox pitcher Chris Sale upset after giving up a bases loaded walk & being taken out after 3 & 2/3 innings in a rehab start for the @WooSox,” Alysha Palumbo of NBC10 Boston tweeted.
VIDEO: #RedSox pitcher Chris Sale upset after giving up a bases loaded walk & being taken out after 3 & 2/3 innings in a rehab start for the @WooSox (📸: @bri4homes) @NBC10Boston @NECN pic.twitter.com/1j1ga5kJaT
— Alysha Palumbo NBC10 Boston (@AlyshaNBCBoston) July 7, 2022
What he did is dangerous and wrong for many reasons.
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First, he damaged property that doesn’t belong to him.
Second, he could have hurt himself or another person, if there was someone around (it isn’t clear by the footage available).
And third, it masks a much larger issue that he should be addressing.
The left-hander, recovering from a stress fracture in his right rib cage, struggled with his control all night.
Sale issued five walks over 3.2 innings of work, an uncharacteristically high number for a pitcher who has shown excellent command throughout his career.
His outing, overall, was not good: while he did strike out five hitters, only 42 of his 72 pitches were strikes.
He said he will have a side session on the mound on Thursday to try and clean his command issues.
Word around the Red Sox is that he could make his MLB debut this season on July 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays, but that’s not set in stone yet.
He might also want to pay the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate for the damages he caused in the clubhouse after his rampage.