Sale breaks pinkie on comeback liner vs. Yankees

The Boston Crimson Sox appeared to suffer a big blow from the New York Yankees on Sunday (BOS-NYY GameTracker) when ace lefty Chris Sale was pressured to exit his start off because of an damage to his pitching hand. Sale endured the harm in the bottom of the initial when a line push off the bat of Aaron Hicks struck him on the hand, and the Purple Sox later declared the injuries as a remaining fifth finger fracture, or pinkie fracture. 

Here’s a appear at the engage in: 

Aaron Hicks smokes a line generate off Chris Sale’s pinky to score a different run. Sale appears to have broken his finger and he exits the sport

— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 17, 2022

As you can see, Sale promptly walked off the industry, and his still left pinkie finger appeared to be misshapen. Presented that the personal injury is to his pitching hand, he’s most likely bound for the wounded listing and a major recovery interval. 

This was just Sale’s 2nd commence of the 2022 period. He returned from a tension fracture in his rib cage, which he experienced late in spring teaching on July 12. On Sunday, Sale, who was replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura following the injury, allowed three runs (two acquired) in just 2/3 of an inning. The consequence elevated Sale’s Period right after two begins to 3.18. The 33-calendar year-outdated is in the 3rd calendar year of a five-calendar year, $145 million pact with Boston. 

The struggling Purple Sox, who arrived into Sunday’s rubber match possessing shed five of their previous 6 and nine of their previous 12, are by now stricken by damage complications in the rotation. At present, five setting up pitchers — Wealthy Hill, Connor Seabold, Michael Wacha, Josh Winckowski and James Paxton — are on the IL for Boston. The damage to Sale will presumably hasten the entrance office’s effort and hard work to obtain rotation assist main up to the Aug. 2 trade deadline, but ownership’s motivation to investing in the roster has been lacking for some time. 

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