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Morning sports update: Chaim Bloom provided an update on the ‘great milestone’ in Chris Sale’s recovery

"Hopefully, I think we’re getting closer to the point where we can start mapping out a timetable."

Chris Sale in 2020. AP Photo/John Bazemore

The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 11-7 on Tuesday. Boston scored seven runs over the first two innings and held on to maintain a 2.5 game lead in the American League East.

Also on Tuesday, the Bruins lost to the Devils in overtime, 4-3.

And the Celtics face the Magic tonight at 7 p.m.

Chaim Bloom’s update on Chris Sale: Red Sox ace Chris Sale, whose strikeout of Manny Machado clinched the 2018 World Series title for Boston, hasn’t pitched in a Major League game since 2019.

The 32-year-old left-hander had Tommy John surgery in 2020, and has been working his way back since.


Sale notched an important step in his recovery on Tuesday when he threw a few pitches off a mound.

“He did get up off a mound today,” said Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom afterward. “Really more just to get the feel of it. It was not an extensive throwing session, but at the end of his session this morning, he got up off the mound and threw a few pitches off the mound. That is a great milestone for him. It’s the first time he’s done that since the surgery. It was very light today but great for Chris and awesome for the organization.”


Initial projections of when Sale might return noted June or July of 2021 as a possibility, but Bloom still isn’t offering specifics.

“Hopefully, I think we’re getting closer to the point where we can start mapping out a timetable,” Bloom explained. “I don’t have one. He is progressing. As you know, he started throwing with a lot more intensity. Today, he got up off a mound. Again, it was pretty light work, but the next step is to get into regular mound work and mound work with some intensity. Then we can start thinking about facing hitters and mapping out a game schedule.”


Trivia: Chris Sale was the 13th overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. Who went first overall that year?

(Answer at the bottom)

Hint: “That’s a clown question, bro.”

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