Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale broke his right wrist in a bike accident last week and underwent season-ending surgery Monday, the team announced, ending his year after a myriad of injuries and just 5⅔ innings pitched.
Sale, 33, already had missed most of the season after a broken rib cage suffered during a lockout workout sidelined him until July 12. Following a scoreless 2022 debut, Sale left his second start after two-thirds of an inning when a line drive from New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks fractured the pinky on his throwing hand.
“You couldn’t make this up,” Bloom said Tuesday. “It stinks. It’s really unfortunate. We’re relieved this wasn’t worse, obviously. Very glad this wasn’t worse. But it’s been such a run of bad luck for him and obviously for us.”
A seven-time All-Star, Sale had hoped to return by September following surgery on the finger. He is in the third year of a five-year, $145 million contract extension during which he has thrown a total of 48⅓ innings. Sale missed the 2020 season after Tommy John surgery and returned last year for nine starts, going 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA.