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Chris Sale activated from DL, to be ‘opener’ on Tuesday

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox will get ace starter Chris Sale back in the mix Tuesday against the division-rival Toronto Blue Jays.

The team announced that it has activated Sale from the 10-day disabled list after he missed the past month with inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

Sale will act as the “opener” for Boston and is expected to go no longer than three innings. It’s an approach multiple teams have taken with their starting rotations lacking both talent and depth as the season continues.

We fully expect Boston to take it slowly with the seven-time All-Star. Boston enters Tuesday’s action with a 98-46 record and eight games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. It’s also eight games ahead of Houston in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Sale, 29, is pitching to a 12-4 record with an AL-best 1.97 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in 23 starts this season. He’s also struck out a ridiculous 219 batters in 146 innings. The hope here is that he can be a full-go once the playoffs start, especially with Boston’s bullpen issues.