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Ace Chris Sale is headed back to the Disabled list again. Sale is on the Disabled list for the second time in a matter of weeks with the same inflammation in the left shoulder that shelved him the first time. Dave Dombrowski announced the time on the DL will be retroactive to August 15th.
The next eligible date that Sale can return is Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. As for tomorrow’s starter, it remains up in the air. The Red Sox could slot Rick Porcello there on short rest or may call up a starter from the minors. William Cuevas is the logical player who would get the spot start. Hector Velazquez would also be a viable option.
In an interview with the Boston media today, Sale assured everyone that he is fine. He wanted to make it known that the pain and swelling in that area is less than it was the previous DL stint. Sale did however seem less confident that he would make his next scheduled start.
Alex Cora announced today, the Red Sox are still working on gathering the information and will reassess the situation, once a program is put in place by the team trainers and Chris Sale. Throughout his career, Sale has never been one to sugarcoat anything. If he says he is fine, it is smart money to believe him. However, this is very concerning considering he just returned from the DL on Sunday and is back on not even a week later.
RedSoxLife will update the story as more is uncovered.