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Chris Sale dips into American folklore to describe just how strong his shoulder feels

John Tomase
August 27, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Time to read up on your folk tales, children, if you want to understand how good Chris Sale says his shoulder is feeling.

Speaking to the Boston Globe on Sunday about his recovery from an injury that has landed him on the disabled list for the second time in a month, Sale chose some very colorful language when asked how his shoulder is feeling.

"Like Paul Bunyan's ox," Sale replied.

That would be Babe the Blue Ox, the mythical lumberjack's faithful companion. If Sale is feeling that strong, it bodes well for the rest of the season.

Unfortunately, it doesn't change that he has thrown only five innings since July 28, thanks to separate bouts of mild shoulder inflammation. He still leads the American League in ERA (1.97), strikeouts per nine innings (13.5), and WHIP (0.849).