Chaim Bloom on GHS: Red Sox fully expect Chris Sale to be back for ‘very good chunk’ of 2021

Ryan Hannable
September 10, 2020 - 6:46 am

Based on how the 2020 season has gone for the Red Sox, their pitching needs to desperately improve for them to be competitive in 2021.

Fortunately, two of their best pitchers — Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale — who have been out of all of this season, should be back for 2021.

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Rodriguez has not pitched this year due to a heart issue following complications with COVID-19 and Sale had Tommy John surgery March 30.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Thursday, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said while Sale may not be ready for Opening Day next year, the club expects him to pitch for a “good chunk” of the season.

“I don’t see any reason why not,” he said. “We know the path that he’s walking on as for as coming back from Tommy John is not a certainty, but it is a very well worn path and a lot of guys have come back.

"Just because of the timing of the surgery and him being a starting pitcher, I don’t know that we can necessarily expect to see him on Opening Day, I think there’s a build-up process that needs to happen there. He’s right on schedule and I would fully expect him that for a very good chunk of next season we’ll see him out there.”

Sale, who is 31 years old, is 35-23 with a 3.08 ERA in 84 starts with the Red Sox over three seasons.

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