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Red Sox ace Chris Sale (ribs) to miss Opening Day

Oct 20, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) reacts after throwing a strikeout for the third out against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning of game five of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will miss Opening Day with a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom told reporters Wednesday that it would be “weeks, not days until we can get a ball back in his hand.”

Sale said an MRI revealed the fracture in what he believed to be the eighth rib. He suffered the injury during the lockout but wasn’t allowed to communicate it to the Red Sox until the new collective bargaining agreement was struck last Thursday.

Sale, 32, went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA last season in his return from Tommy John surgery. The seven-time All-Star missed nearly two years.

Sale is 114-74 with a 3.03 ERA in his career with the Chicago White Sox (2010-16) and Red Sox.

–Field Level Media