Chris Sale injury update: Red Sox lefty breaks pinky finger on line drive, likely out for at least 4-6 weeks

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The Boston Red Sox were dealt a big blow in an eventual 13-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday when ace lefty Chris Sale had to leave his start with a broken finger. Sale sustained the injury in the bottom of the first inning when a line drive from the bat from Aaron Hicks hit him on the hand. The Red Sox later announced the injury as a left fifth finger fracture or pinky finger fracture.

Here’s a look at the play:

As you can see, Sale immediately ran off the field and his left little finger appeared misshapen. After the game, Sale told reporters, including the Boston Globe, he thinks he will miss 4-6 weeks. He will see a hand specialist later Sunday or Monday to determine a more precise time frame for his recovery.

‘I knew right away’ Sales told the Boston Globe. “The feeling of cold water flowing through your body when something like this happens.”

This was just Sale’s second start of the 2022 season. He was returning from a stress fracture to his rib cage, which he sustained during spring training on July 12. On Sunday, Sale, who was replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura after the injury, gave up three runs (two earned) in only 2/3 of the one inning. The result raised Sale’s ERA to 3.18 after two starts. The 33-year-old is in the third year of a five-year $145 million contract with Boston.

The struggling Red Sox, who entered the rubber game on Sunday after losing five of their last six and nine of their last twelve, are already struggling with injury problems in the rotation. Right now, five starting pitchers — Rich Hill, Connor Seabold, Michael Wacha, Josh Winckowski and James Paxton — are on the IL for Boston. The damage to Sale will presumably accelerate the front office’s efforts to acquire rotational assistance ahead of the August 2 trade deadline, but the property’s commitment to invest in the roster has been lacking for a while.

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