Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale, already on the injured list with a broken finger, will now miss the rest of the 2022 season after fracturing his wrist in a bicycle accident.
The Red Sox announced that Sale underwent surgery on his right wrist Monday, following the accident on Saturday. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
The injury is the latest in a long line of recent setbacks for the seven-time All-Star.
"You couldn’t make this up," Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Tuesday. "It stinks. It’s really unfortunate. We’re relieved this wasn’t worse, obviously. Very glad this wasn’t worse. But it’s been such a run of bad luck for him and obviously for us."
'THAT DOG IN THEM:' MLB players explain what makes baseball's top 'dogs' so special
NEVER MISS A MOMENT: Follow our sports newsletter for daily updates
Sale, 33, has thrown only 48⅓ innings in the regular season and nine in the postseason since the end of 2019. He missed the entire 2020 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
He returned late last season to make nine starts down the stretch and three more in the playoffs.
However, he suffered a stress fracture in his ribcage this spring while throwing batting practice to college hitters in Florida during the lockout, causing him to miss the first three months of the regular season.
In just his second start after being activated, Sale had to leave a game against the New York Yankees in the first inning when a batted ball broke his pinkie finger. Following surgery, he was expected to return in September. However, the broken wrist over the weekend ended any possibility of Sale returning to the mound this season.
Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Red Sox ace Chris Sale breaks wrist in bicycle accident, out for year