Sale started the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on April 2, allowing one run on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 3⅔ innings.
After cruising through three innings, allowing just one run, Sale’s fastball suddenly dropped in velocity in the fourth inning. His fastball had touched 96 mph (154.5 km/h) on the day, but his first two pitches in the fourth were only 89.7 mph (144.4 km/h)토토사이트 and 89.8 mph (144.5 km/h), respectively. He upped his velocity again to 95.5 mph (153.7 km/h) to face the final batter, Nick Senzel, but was removed after four innings.
According to MLB.com, “Sale had begun to look like a veteran ace in recent weeks. But in his last outing, a familiar problem arose again,” MLB.com reported on Sale’s injury.
Sale left the mound in the fourth inning after feeling pain in his left shoulder. Manager Alex Cora said, “I hope it’s not too bad. It obviously doesn’t look good. His velocity dropped in the fourth inning. He was throwing 95 mph (152.9 km/h) and it was 90 mph (144.8 km/h). We’ll see how it goes.” Sale is scheduled to undergo an MRI on March 3.
In 334 career major league games (1737 innings), Sale is 119-77 with a 3.08 ERA and is one of the game’s leading left-handed aces. He signed a five-year, $145 million extension with Boston in 2019. However, since signing the extension, Sale has been plagued by injuries and struggles. In 2020, he underwent Tommy John surgery and didn’t play a single game, and in 2021 and 2022, he appeared in just 11 games.
Since returning from injury this season, Sale is 5-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts (59 innings). He struggled mightily in April, but rebounded in May with a 3-2 record and a 2.42 ERA in four starts (26 innings). However, an injury in his first start of June cast a dark cloud over his future.