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Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale has finger surgery, could return this season

Jul 12, 2022; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) looks on from the bench in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale underwent surgery on his broken left pinkie finger on Monday, with multiple reports saying that the seven-time All-Star could return before the end of this season.

Per the team’s announcement, Sale “underwent an open reduction and internal fixation of a left fifth finger proximal phalanx fracture” after being hurt in just his second start of the season on Sunday.

Against the New York Yankees, Sale was struck on his throwing hand by a line drive hit by Aaron Hicks with two outs in the first inning, forcing him to depart after just 24 pitches. The ball caromed into right field, allowing Gleyber Torres to score to give New York a 3-0 lead in an eventual 13-2 Yankees victory.

Sale was making his second start since returning from a fractured rib cage suffered in late February while he was working out on his own during the major league lockout. In his first start of the season, Sale threw 78 pitches in five scoreless innings versus the Tampa Bay Rays on July 12.

Sale, who is signed through 2024 on a five-year, $145 million contract, has thrown just 48 1/3 innings for the Red Sox since the end of the 2019 season. Last season, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in nine starts in his return from Tommy John surgery.

The Red Sox hit the All-Star break at 48-45 in fourth place in the American League East, 16 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees.

–Field Level Media