Red Sox’s Sale to undergo Tommy John surgery

Boston Red Sox left hander Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery, Chaim Bloom, the team’s chief baseball officer, announced Thursday.

Sale, 30, went on the Injured List on Aug. 17 last season with elbow inflammation and missed the remainder of the season.

The seven-time All-Star last faced hitters on Aug. 13, ending his worst season at 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts.

Sale, 30, experienced elbow soreness during spring training after his first time facing live batters on March 1 and was shut down.

After allowing 17 earned runs over his first four starts last season, he pitched to a 3.83 ERA in his final 21 starts before being shut down, holding opponents to a .207 batting average.

Surgery was not recommended last August, with Sale receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in an attempt to heal his elbow.

Sale, a seven-time All-Star is 109-73 with a 3.03 career ERA in 312 appearances, including 232 starts. Sale has struck out 30.7 percent of batters faced, the highest rate in the Live Ball Era (min. 1,000.0 IP).

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