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When Chris Sale could return to the Red Sox rotation – NBC Boston

Here’s when Chris Sale could return to the Red Sox rotation originally appeared on NBC SportsBoston

We may not have to wait much longer to see Chris Sale on a major league mound again.

The Boston Red Sox left-hander could return to the starting rotation as early as next week, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Manager Alex Cora told MLB Network Radio that the team will see how Sale feels after he begins rehab for Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday. If all goes well, his next appearance could come for the big league club.

The sale has not been launched since the 2021 playoffs due to a stress fracture in his right rib cage. The 33-year-old was originally scheduled to return in June, but a non-baseball medical issue pushed his schedule back. He missed most of the 2021 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

In nine starts for the Red Sox last season, Sale posted a 5-1 record and a 3.16 ERA. Despite the respectable numbers, it was clear the seven-time All-Star didn’t have his dominating thing. Predictably, his fastball speed was down and his lack of effective switching left him a two-pitch pitcher with only a fastball and a slider.

This time we might get a glimpse of the “vintage” sale as he will be well over a year away from his Tommy John surgery. Cora recently Sale’s return was highly publicized mentioning his 97mph fastball and the return of his substitution. If that’s the version of Sale the Red Sox get, it will go a long way in helping Boston’s pitching staff for the stretch run.

The first pitch for Sale’s rehab departure at Triple-A Worcester is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday.