Sale cruises for a strong return
Chris Sale has seen a lot of big games and it has been a tough one for him this season to get back better than ever. He wants to make sure that there would be more for him to offer the Boston Red Sox when he plays at a higher level.
Sale faced 12 over 3 ⅔ no hit innings, and he struck out six to walk one in a scoreless rehab start for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. His first throw was set at 96 mph on the stadium gun and he’s been topping up his numbers so far.
Sale said it was a good note for him to come up with the best of his game so far. He last pitched in the Majors back in 2019. So far, he looks good and he’s made huge progress from his surgery ever since.
‘It was a good day, definitely a step in the right direction’, Sale said. ‘I felt good throughout the entire game. Even in the third and fourth inning, I felt like I was able to create some arm speed and make pitches when I needed to, which at this stage in the game is key’.
This outing helped Portland move their win streak to 14 games in a row. Sale has proved his worth once more and he might just be ready to make a huge return soon. He underwent surgery last March 30 and has worked well to get back to the top of his game.
Sale knows that there is a lot of pressure for him to come back stronger than ever, but he notes that he is not going to mess it up.
‘My mindset is still the same -- maybe [there are] a couple different things in my delivery to help with consistency, and obviously with the time off I was able to get all that right’, Sale said. ‘I think I’m just doing some things to help with my consistency overall, but I’m still going to be the same guy’.
This is an opportunity for Sale to shine and perform well in his return. Only time will tell if he is true to his word.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores