Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale just can’t catch a break.
After making his way back from injury this season, he was shelved in his second start when Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks broke his finger with a comebacker.
Now, Sale is back in the news for injury reasons, but this one is a little more of the obscure nature.
According to reports, Chris Sale broke his wrist and will require surgery after he suffered a nasty fall off his bike.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale broke his right wrist in a bike accident and underwent season-ending surgery Monday, the team announced. Amid fractured rib cage, a broken pinky on a comebacker and now this, Sale threw only 5.2 innings this season after posting 42.2 innings in 2021.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 9, 2022
After the bike fall news was revealed, Chris Sale was going viral all over social media.
Billy, this is Chris Sale. He’s a starting pitcher. He is one of the most underrated players in baseball. His only defect is that he doesn’t know how to ride a bike properly. pic.twitter.com/CCTq7pkRaz
— Moneyball Memes 💰⚾️ (@MoneyballMemes) August 9, 2022
Chris Sale enjoying his day off pic.twitter.com/eL3V0muKIk
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 9, 2022
Chris Sale cruising down Boylston pic.twitter.com/VjFkcKM7js
— Liam Fennessy (@LiamFennessy_) August 9, 2022
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 9, 2022
Chris Sale's season in three acts pic.twitter.com/PbuEWqunay
— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) August 9, 2022
Here is the total number of games Chris Sale has started since 2020:
2020 – 0
2021 – 9
2022 – 2
Just 11 games started the last three years. He is still under contract through 2025, and is owed another $75 Million.
Is this one of the worst contracts in Red Sox history? pic.twitter.com/w4B3sJg1gA
— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) August 9, 2022
Chris sale being out for the season for the 100th time in his career pic.twitter.com/LVtiqyq8oZ
— Rickety Roach (@RoachRickety) August 9, 2022
Highlights of Chris Sale’s summer fencing class pic.twitter.com/sECuaRzfkC
— Red (@SurvivingGrady) August 9, 2022
After hurting his finger in the Yankees start, Chris Sale was clearly frustrated.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Sale at the time of that injury via NY Post. “Elbow surgery for a pitcher is not uncommon, right? That happens with the job, with what we’re doing. We deal with that. Some of this other stuff, you think, ‘Why me?’ ”
Perhaps Chris Sale is currently carrying the same “why me?” thoughts after his bike ride went terribly wrong.
Following his days as a dominant ace with the White Sox, the Red Sox opened up the check book to land him following the 2016 season.
In 2017 and 2018, Boston got the guy they paid for — with Sale finishing top five in AL Cy Young in both seasons. But ever since, it’s been nothing short of a disaster for the flame throwing left-hander.
In 2019, Sale started his decline with a losing record to go along with an uncharacteristically-high 3.39 ERA. Since that season, he’s pitched just 47.1 innings due to injury.
Perhaps Chris Sale put it best when admitting that his recent string of rehab ‘sucks’.
“I just want to do my job,” said Sale, a seven-time All-Star. “I just want to play baseball. I’ve had so many things take that away from me. It sucks.
“It’s par for the course, honestly. Think about my timeline. It’s just been s–t after s–t after s–t. Just more s–t to deal with. What can you do? Everyone gets knocked down. It’s how you get back up. It’s where I’m at again. Get back up, dust yourself off, clean up, get back to it.”
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