The Boston Red Sox had a nightmarish start to the season, but after a recent winning run, they are well-positioned to fight for one of the extra postseason spots available in the American League.
With a 34-29 record, they have been a solid club for a while: in fact, while they are far from the AL East-leading New York Yankees (12.5 games behind, to be exact), they are just 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and 3.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.
The best news is that some reinforcements are on the way.
Chris Sale, who has been nursing a rib injury, was spotted throwing live batting practice at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Chris Sale throws Live BP at Fenway pic.twitter.com/sMqavUCAz5
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He completed 32 pitches in the session.
He Has Been Throwing For A While
He also did it on Monday, when he threw an intense session, too.
The next step on his recovery will depend on the team: the Red Sox could either have him throw another live batting practice, or send him to a rehab assignment in the minor leagues.
In either case, he now seems very close to returning to the active roster and full health.
Fellow left-hander James Paxton is also expected back in the second half, so Boston is on the verge of getting some help.
Sale returned from Tommy John surgery last season and had a 3.16 ERA in 42.2 innings.
He is now 33 and has a lot of miles on his left arm, but when he healthy, he remains capable of leading an MLB rotation.
He has been the top dog for a while and knows what is like to pitch in the postseason, too.
He should be back on a major league mound in a couple of weeks.