Chris Sale suffers fractured pinky on line drive

Chris Sale shows broken finger to Red Sox medical staff, Red Sox vs. Yankees, 7/17/2022

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale was knocked out of Sunday's game against the New York Yankees after a line drive hit him on his pitching hand, fracturing his pinky.

It happened in the bottom of the first inning with two outs and the Yankees already holding a 2-0 lead. With a runner on second, Yankees batter Aaron Hicks smoked a changeup straight back to Sale, and the ball ricocheted off his hand and into right field, allowing the runner to score. Meanwhile, Sale was in obvious pain and immediately walked off the mound towards the Red Sox dugout. A close-up camera shot showed Sale's pinky finger was clearly out of whack as Red Sox medical staff attended him as he headed straight to the locker room.

This is an unfortunate turn of events for Sale, who was making only his second start of the season after working his way back from a broken rib. After Sunday's injury, there is a chance that Sale may be unavailable for the rest of the season. The Red Sox were counting on him to help stay in the playoff hunt during the second half, so it will be interesting to see how they react to this.

To add insult to injury for Sale, he took the loss as the Yankees went on to blow out the Red Sox 13-2

[Yahoo! Sports]

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