Chris Sale seems to have a new enemy: Polar Park.
Sale – recovering at Triple-A Worcester after sustaining a rib fracture during spring training – struggled into his start Wednesday night and went on to take his frustration out on the margins, destroying the dugout. Sale was seen forcibly yanking items off the wall, with a large pile of rubble at his feet in video captured by NBC 10’s Alysha Palumbo in Boston.
The sale lasted 3 2/3 innings on Wednesday and walked five batters, including one basesloaded to bring in a run and limit his play.
“I was fishing today,” Sale told the Boston Globe. “Nothing to hang your hat on, that’s for sure.”
Sale, 33, has pitched just 42 ⅔ innings with the Red Sox since signing a five-year contract extension worth $145 million in March 2019. He missed the end of the 2019 season with elbow inflammation and underwent Tommy John surgery at the start of the 2020 campaign, before suffering a stress fracture of the right rib while throwing punches in February.
The southpaw has gone into minor league rehab four times and, despite his Wednesday night appearances, insists a return to the major leagues is imminent.
“I’m all set,” Sale said. “I know it was a bit of a hiccup today, but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. … I just want to be a part of it. I want to do my job again and put my weight in the balance.”