Chris Sale Dealt Yet Another Brutal Blow

As if the previous three seasons hadn't brought enough misery and bad luck for the Boston Red Sox' $145 million dollar man, the latest injury news brings yet another setback for Chris Sale.

He'll now be out until at least early August after the Red Sox moved him to the 60-day IL.  

Sale has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in the scapula bone, otherwise known as the shoulder blade. For now, there's no surgery on the horizon, just rest and rehab. The team says he’ll be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. 

The scarier thought for the BoSox is that this is the same injury that Jacob deGrom had last year. He was diagnosed on April 2 and came back on August 2. That's four months.

Boston can only hope it's a quicker recovery for Sale. But let's face it, this is a guy who pitched only 11 over a three-year period before this season due to a myriad of injuries, some fluky, some self-inflicted, and even some baseball-related ones.

Sale, after a rocky start this season, was finally coming around to his ace-like status before hitting the IL a week ago, with an ERA in the mid-2.00s over his last six starts, and a WHIP well under 1.00. Overall, he's 5-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. 

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