Boston Red Sox received an early snag in a game against the Cincinnati Reds, as Sox star pitcher Chris Sale pulled out of the match due to left shoulder inflammation.

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Chris Sale, who hasn’t played without an injury since 2017, was forced to leave the game after the Boston Red Sox medical personnel visited him twice while he was pitching. Sale was taken out of the game, according to the Red Sox, because of “soreness” in his left shoulder. This setback increases the existing worries about Sale’s health and capacity to maintain peak physical condition for a lengthy period.

Red Sox placed Sale on the 15-day injured list and replaced the star pitcher with Corey Kluber, who makes an appearance from the paternity list.

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Reacting to the injury, Red Sox player Chris Sale called the injury “deflated”. He said, “I felt like I was over the hump, I really did.  I was back to being myself and then for something like this to happen is obviously deflating.”

Sale also cleared that his injury concerns were limited to his shoulder when asked about the state of his elbow. It should be noted that the team is still expecting the full MRI scan results. As a result, Sale might not receive a thorough diagnosis for another week. 

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The team’s medical staff and manager Alex Cora visited Sale during the top of the fourth inning of his start on Thursday. After Sale had thrown 57 pitches, this break came. He was then removed from the game after the medical staff visited him once more two days later.

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In fact, Chris Sale has endured a string of ailments in recent years, forcing a long absence from the game. He had left elbow inflammation in 2019, which had an impact on his effectiveness and required medical attention. Sale underwent Tommy John surgery the following year. He also had multiple stress fractures. However, Red Sox can only hope for now that Chris Sale get better as soon as possible.