Chris Sale destroys Triple-A clubhouse after rough start of rehabilitation


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.

Chris Sale walks into the dugout during his start for the Worcester Red Sox.
Chris Sale walks into the dugout during his start for the Worcester Red Sox.
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Chris Sale has a tantrum after the start of Worcester Red Sox.
Chris Sale has a tantrum after the start of Worcester Red Sox.
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“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.

Chris Sale has a tantrum after the start of Worcester Red Sox.
Chris Sale has a tantrum after the start of Worcester Red Sox.
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Chris Sale will pitch for another Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, on June 30, 2022.
Chris Sale will pitch for another Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, on June 30, 2022.
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Chris Sale is pitching for the Worcester Red Sox.
Chris Sale is pitching for the Worcester Red Sox.
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“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.”

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