The Boston Red Sox can’t catch a break.
A recent slide has seen them lose seven of their last 10 games, which is why they find themselves in last place in the AL East as of Friday afternoon.
Left-hander Chris Sale, who has suffered a myriad of injuries in recent seasons, had started to find his groove after a rocky beginning of the 2023 campaign.
His season ERA is at 4.58 ERA, but since April 30, that number is at 2.25 in 36 frames with a 5/41 BB/K ratio.
Just when he was starting to lift off, an injury brings him back to Earth.
He was removed from Thursday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds with left shoulder soreness.
Chris Sale exited today's game in the 4th inning with left shoulder soreness.
Alex Cora shared his thoughts. pic.twitter.com/VOBj7yYnf7
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 2, 2023
It’s not just that he left with an injury: it’s the nature of the injury that has everybody worried.
Fans made lots of comments on Twitter regarding his propensity for injuries.
Chris sale got injured 😮
— weston flores (@weston_texas) June 2, 2023
Who could have seen this coming
— Pun Picks (@PunPicks) June 2, 2023
Yearly Chris sale injury
— lebron james (@Mcfraud1983) June 2, 2023
During his most recent start, he was dominating before experiencing some diminished velocity at one point.
That’s usually a bad sign.
After a conversation with the trainers, he departed the game after conceding a run and a walk on 3.2 innings, with six strikeouts.
He will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the extent of the injury.
Unfortunately, given the area of the ailment, it has the look of another lengthy absence for him.
just learned chris sale might be injured again. depression coming back in full force
— Jorge 🏃🏻 (@jlpmejia) June 2, 2023
He hasn’t pitched at least 160 innings since 2017, and has had a Tommy John surgery, a rib cage fracture, a broken pinky finger, and a broken wrist.
When healthy, however, he showed this year that he is still a stud, which is why Sox fans have no choice but to be patient and pray that he can return in a matter of weeks, not months.NEXT: Red Sox Manager Comments On Chris Sale's Injury