Chris Sale, Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox are off to a rough start in 2020. After having to part ways with Alex Cora and trading Mookie Betts, now starting pitcher Chris Sale is sidelined with a mild case of pneumonia to start spring training.

Sale told the team that he was dealing with the flu, but later informed them that it progressively got worse and turned into pneumonia. Boston’s ace will report to the team on Friday for further evaluation, but he is starting to feel better.

Sale missed the final month of the 2019 season with inflammation in his pitching elbow. Following an offseason of rest and rehabilitation, the Red Sox were hopeful he would report to spring training fully healthy and ready to prepare for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, thanks to the illness, the 20-year-old will now be eased back into pitching.

In perhaps the only good news Red Sox fans have heard in months, Sale’s elbow is completely healthy and he will not be limited when the 2020 season begins.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick