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The Boston Red Sox starting rotation continues to deal with injuries, and this time the injury bug bit the team ace. The Red Sox placed Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Sale will miss his scheduled start on Wednesday against the New York Yankees
REPORT: Chris Sale Placed on 10-Day Disabled List
While this injury is obviously troubling, it doesn’t sound that serious. Sale spoke to reporters after the move was made official and only expects to miss one start. According to Sale, he was dealing with regular shoulder inflammation he normally gets following a start. However, this time the inflammation didn’t go away. After discussing his options with the training staff, Sale agreed to take a 10-day stint on the disabled list.
Dave Dombrowksi shared a similar diagnosis, saying that he didn’t expect this to be a lasting issue. The only real issue of note is that Dombrowski said that was a “mounting” injury, implying that Sale had been dealing with this for a while.
There is also speculation that Sale’s new grip on his slider has led to this injury. For whatever it’s worth, Sale disputed this charge. According to Sale, this is just a regular issue which isn’t going away as fast as normally.
Brian Johnson will start game one against the New York Yankees in Sale’s place. While he’s obviously not as good as Sale, the lefty is having a solid season in his own right. Currently, Johnson owns an impressive 1.80 ERA when he starts. Again, he’s not nearly the pitcher Chris Sale is, but there are certainly worse options out there than Johnson.
In the corresponding move, the Red Sox promoted relief pitcher Brandon Workman from Pawtucket. Workman has spent his season between the majors and minors, and has looked good in his appearances.