On Saturday, MLB rumors quickly took off that Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale might have suffered a bad injury ahead of Opening Day 2018. However, Chad Jennings of Boston Herald and Sale himself may have given the fans a bit of optimism about his availability. Here's the latest on Chris Sale's injury situation and the pitcher's status heading into next week's season-opening start.
The news of Chris Sale's injury arrived on Twitter from USA Today's Jorge L. Ortiz earlier on Saturday afternoon. Ortiz tweeted that Houston Astros batter J.D. Davis hit a line drive which struck Sale in the left thigh. Ortiz added that Sale left the game after getting "drilled" by that hit, and that quickly led to concerned Boston fans. The injury occurred in just the first inning of the Red Sox vs. Astros game with Sale limping off and later being diagnosed with a hip contusion. It was noted that he'd have an X-ray to determine if it was serious.
A later report from ESPN about the situation gave direct comments from Chris Sale himself about the injury. The Red Sox pitcher said the injury "looked a lot worse" than it really was and added that he expects to start on Opening Day for the team.