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A spring training full of injuries to the starting rotation may have suffered its biggest hit yet. Team ace Chris Sale left his spring training start after facing just four batters after a line drive hit him in the thigh/hip area. This was intended to be Sale’s final spring training appearance before taking the mound on Opening Day.
BREAKING: Injury forces Chris Sale out of game
Sale awkwardly fell to the ground and took a second before getting up. The shot appeared the shake him up, and he was removed from the game. However, Sale left the field on his own power and didn’t have a noticeable limp.
Hopefully, his removal was just precautionary. Sale is one of the top-five pitchers in the American League, and his presence is crucial to the success of the 2018 Red Sox. Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright, and Eduardo Rodriguez won’t be on the Opening Day roster, so the depth is already being tested.
Based on nothing more than the initial fallout, the removal seemed to be more precautionary than anything. The trainers were around Sale on the mound, but nobody had to help him off the ground or examine any part of his body. This is all speculative, of course, but it appears as though Sale will be fine in the long run.
Here is a video of the play:
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— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) March 24, 2018
Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham has reported that Sale has suffered a left hip contusion (a bruise) and will be evaluated further.
Live from the Red Sox clubhouse — thanks, NESN feed — Chris Sale says he’s confident he will pitch Opening Day.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 24, 2018
The staff at Red Sox Unfiltered will have more information as the story develops.