— Andrew Tashian (@Tashville401) March 24, 2018
I don’t want to freak out or anything, but I AM FREAKING OUT. The Red Sox are hella thin at the starting pitcher position with already having to rely on Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson to fill voids left by Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Steven Wright. It’s also a starting rotation that features David Price, who’s elbow may or may not explode at some point during the season and Rick Porcello who is coming off what probably was his worst year as a pro. Needless to say, Boston’s rotation relies heavily on his success and a tone-setting element that Chris Sale provides.
Obviously, we don’t want to speculate, but it appears Sale gets hit with the comebacker somewhere in the hip/thigh region. The main concern I have is when he returned to his feet, Sale grabbed for his knee. That’s not great considering he’s a pitcher and knees are important. Knees are SO important. Sale was removed from the game and the Red Sox will surely update the situation as they learn more, that we know. What we don’t know is if he’ll be good to go when the Red Sox open up the regular season in Tampa Bay on Thursday, a game Sale is slated to start. We can only hope that his departure from the game was precautionary and there aren’t any major issues.
Sale says he’s optimistic he’ll be fine. He has no knee pain and maintains he’s ready to pitch on Opening Day Thursday.