Chris Sale Fractures Wrist, Will Miss Remainder Of Season

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that lefty Chris Sale suffered a broken right hand "during a bicycle accident on Saturday,

August 6." The injury required surgery, which will conclude Sale's 2022 campaign. He's expected to return to start spring Training.

It's the latest setback to an increasing number of injuries suffered by Sale who has played only 11 starts under the five-year $145 million contract extension he signed in March of 2019.

(The contract was signed in 2020, despite signing it in 2019 since Sale was already signed for the season of '19.)

After signing on the contract, Sale has missed time due to elbow inflammation , which eventually resulted with Tommy John surgery,

plus an injury to his rib cage as well as fractured fingers sustained during a comebacker this summer.

 In all, he's thrown 48 1/3 innings during the regular season during the first three seasons of the contract (plus another nine frames during the postseason in 2021).

A strong Sale is, naturally one of the sport's most formidable talent. In 2012-2017,

Sale made seven consecutive All-Star Games and never finished less than sixth at the top of American League Cy Young voting.

In the process the pitcher posted an overall 2.91 ERA in 1388 innings averaged thirty starts, and 198 frames during the during the regular campaign (plus the additional postseason frames with Boston).

Sale pitched in relief and struck in Justin Turner, future teammate Enrique Hernandez and Manny Machado to complete the 2018

Boston World Series victory over the Dodgers which was the final game of the franchise's fourth World Series title following 2004's "curse-breaking" 2004 season.

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