Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale, already on the injured list with a broken finger, will now miss the rest of the 2022 season after fracturing his wrist in a bicycle accident.
The Red Sox announced that Sale underwent surgery on his right wrist Monday, following the accident on Saturday. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
The injury is the latest in a long line of recent setbacks for the seven-time All-Star.
Sale, 33, missed the entire 2020 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow that spring.
He returned late last season to make nine starts down the stretch and three more in the playoffs.
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However, he suffered a stress fracture in his ribcage this spring while throwing batting practice to college hitters in Florida during the lockout, causing him to miss the first three months of the regular season.
In just his second start after being activated, Sale had to leave a game against the New York Yankees in the first inning when a batted ball broke his pinkie finger. Following surgery, he was expected to return in September. However, the broken wrist over the weekend ended any possibility of Sale returning to the mound this season.
The Red Sox have seen their playoff chances dwindle this season. At 54-56, they’re in last place in the AL East division, 17 games behind the first-place Yankees.