BOSTON (CBS) — Chris Sale’s comeback has caused a bump in the road. The injured Red Sox lefty had to suspend his pitching program due to a non-baseball medical problem, Boston chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom announced on Saturday.
Bloom said Sale is dealing with a “minor personal medical problem” when he spoke to reporters in the Boston dugout in Fenway Park.
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“It’s not orthopedic, it’s not COVID related that his whelping has been paused for a while,” Bloom said. “And we want to respect that privacy. It’s not baseball related. He should be throwing again in a few days, but it’s obviously slowing him down.”
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Sale suffered a stress fracture to his right rib cage during the MLB lockout and started the season on the 60-day injured list. The 33-year-old is eligible to be activated on June 6 and the Red Sox hoped this would mark his return to the team, but that will clearly be pushed back due to this setback.
“I think we’ll probably be talking in a few weeks,” Bloom said on Saturday.
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Bloom also had an unpromising update on lefty James Paxton, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last April. Paxton, who signed with Boston in the off-season, started having elbow pain and has stopped throwing. Bloom wasn’t sure how long this setback would push Paxton’s return date.