The Major League Baseball season is on pause right now, two minor leaguers have tested positive for COVID-19 and left the season on hiatus. The Boston Red Sox announced today that Chris Sale would be out for the foreseeable future, having to undergo Tommy John Surgery. The logistics of the 2020 season have not been decided, but it is not off to a great start for the Red Sox, who are still waiting on Major League Baseball’s investigation findings.
Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery, Red Sox announce
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 19, 2020
The left-handed pitcher has had some arm issues in the recent past that have caused his Cy Young form to diminish. In 2019, Sale made twenty-five starts with a 6-11 record, with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He had 218 strikeouts over 147.1 innings pitched on the season last year with the Red Sox. Sale will now be absent from the Red Sox rotation for the foreseeable future in this 2020 postponed season.
The rest of the league is at a standstill, but with the season being delayed, it gives teams with injuries time to have the players heal. So as bad at all of this is, for teams like the New York Yankees will have time to let their injury-ridden rosters heal some more. The Red Sox are in a tough division with the young Toronto Blue Jays, the sneaky Tampa Bay Rays are a threat, and the Baltimore Orioles will limp through the 2020 season.