Red Sox starter Chris Sale broke his right wrist in a biking accident Saturday and underwent surgery Monday, the team announced. Sale will miss the rest of the 2022 season but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2023.
Sale’s latest setback continues a horrible streak of bad luck when it comes to injuries. After missing the first 3-1/2 months of the season due to a stress fracture in his right rib cage, he returned in mid-July, only to leave his second start after a line drive broke the pinky finger on his throwing hand. He had recently resumed playing catch and was expected to return at some point in September before suffering the accident Saturday. Sale, who missed all of 2020 and most of 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, will have logged 48 2/3 regular season innings over a three-season period from 2020-22. He is under contract for each of the next two seasons and is due to make $27.5 million in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
Sale’s wrist surgery — described as an “open reduction and internal fixation of a right distal radius [wrist] fracture” — marks the second time he has gone under the knife in three weeks. On July 18, he underwent a similar procedure on his broken finger.
Story by Chris Cotillo, MassLive.com.