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May 27: Chris Sale ramping up throwing program
At last, Sale is gaining momentum in his quest to re-join the Red Sox. The lefty ace threw three bullpen sessions between May 19 and May 27, ramping up to approximately 25 pitches in the most recent one. The plan is for Sale to throw off the mound three times next week, and some of that could be in live batting practice or a simulated game. Red Sox manager Alex Cora didn’t rule out Sale being ready to start a Minor League rehab assignment the week of June 6.
“Good fastball, good slider, good changeup,” said Cora. “I just got the reports and everybody feels like it went well. It’s good for everybody to see him on the mound.” -- Ian Browne
10-day and 15-day IL
LHP Chris Sale (stress fracture, right rib cage)
Expected return: June or July
Sale finally seems to be turning a corner. On May 27, he threw his third bullpen session in a span of eight days. Sale is expected to throw three times off the mound the week of May 30, and probably incorporate some live hitters into those sessions. He could be cleared for a Minor League rehab assignment the week after that.
In a best-case scenario, he could be pitching for the Red Sox in early July. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: May 27)
LHP Josh Taylor (lower back strain)
Expected return: June
After Taylor played catch for the first time since his back injury on May 16, the hope was that he would throw off a mound the following week. But the southpaw hasn’t gotten to that point yet in his recovery. He is still playing catch, and his return to mound work will be the next step in his progression.
“J.T. is progressing,” manager Alex Cora said. “I don’t know when he’s going to get on the mound, but he’s feeling a lot better.” -- Joey Pollizze (Last updated: May 25)
LHP James Paxton (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: July or August
Paxton, whose return from Tommy John surgery was delayed due to posterior left elbow soreness, is slowly making his way back. He has started to play catch and is progressing well. The lefty is not on the mound yet and will throw on flat ground for the time being. -- Joey Pollizze (Last updated: May 24)
LHP Darwinzon Hernandez (right knee surgery)
Expected return: TBD
The lefty reliever, who had been pitching at Triple-A Worcester to work on some specific mechanical issues, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus Thursday and was placed on the Minor League IL. The Red Sox didn’t offer a specific timetable for his return, but a source told MLB.com the hope is that Hernandez can be pitching within a couple of months.
“I don’t know about the timetable and all that; hopefully he’ll be back soon,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Hernandez pitched in 84 games for the Red Sox from 2019-21, posting a 3.66 ERA with 65 walks and 124 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings. The plan was for Hernandez to work on his command issues at Triple-A, and that had been going well until the health roadblock.
“Talking to [Worcester pitching coach] Paul Abbott, his last one was his best one as far as repeating [his delivery],” said Cora. “Forget about the results -- as far as repeating his delivery and getting where we wanted him to get. The fastball, the last two or three, it was on point. Like I said [Wednesday], he was taking the work that he was doing on the side in between starts to the game. It sucks for the kid, but we know he’s going to bounce back, and he’s going to be OK.” -- Ian Browne (Last updated: May 19)