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Chris Sale to return to Red Sox rotation on Tuesday for two innings vs. Blue Jays

John Tomase
September 07, 2018 - 7:06 pm

The Red Sox plan to ease ace Chris Sale back into the rotation over the final three weeks of the regular season, beginning Tuesday agains the Blue Jays.

Sale will start and pitch two innings against the AL East also-rans, manager Alex Cora said on Friday. He'll throw roughly 40 pitches before progressing to three innings in his next start on Sunday against the Mets. The goal is to have Sale throw six or seven innings and 100 pitches by his final start of the season before the playoffs.

"There’s a few days there, with the off-days, that I think we're going to take advantage of him building up and taking care of other guys, which is very important," Cora said.

Sale hasn't pitched since striking out 12 Orioles in five innings on Aug. 12. That start came after Sale's first stint on the disabled list with mild shoulder inflammation. He was then placed back on the DL after the Orioles start, meaning he has appeared just once since July 27.

The left-hander is 12-4 with a league-leading 1.97 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 146 innings.