Chris Sale injury update: Red Sox southpaw breaks pinky finger online, likely out at least 4-6 weeks

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The Boston Red Sox suffered a blow in an eventual 13-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday when left-handed ace Chris Sale was forced off his start with a broken finger. Sale was injured late in the first when a line shot from Aaron Hicks’ bat hit him in the hand. The Red Sox later announced the injury was a broken left fifth finger or a broken little finger.

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As you can see, Sale immediately left the field and his left little finger looked misshapen. After the match, Sale told reporters, including the boston globe, he thinks he will miss 4 to 6 weeks. He will see a hand specialist later on Sunday or Monday to determine a more specific timeline for his recovery.

“I knew right away” Sale says on boston globe. “The feeling of cold water rushing through your body when something like this happens.”

It was only Sale’s second start of the 2022 season. He returned from a stress fracture to his ribcage, which he suffered at the end of spring training on July 12. Sunday, Sale, who was replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura following the injury, gave up three runs (two earned) in just 2/3 of an inning. The result increased Sale’s ERA after two starts to 3.18. The 33-year-old is in the third year of a five-year, $145 million pact with Boston.

The struggling Red Sox, who came into Sunday’s rubber game having lost five of their last six and nine of their last 12, are already plagued by injury problems in the rotation. Currently, five starting pitchers — Rich Hill, Connor Seabold, Michael Wacha, Josh Winckowski and James Paxton — are on the IL for Boston. Sale’s injury will likely speed up front office efforts to secure rotational assistance through the August 2 trade deadline, but the ownership’s commitment to invest in the roster has been lacking for some time.

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