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Chris Sale's shoulder injury remains a mystery because he wants it that way

John Tomase
December 10, 2018 - 11:02 pm

As far as Chris Sale is concerned, Chris Sale’s shoulder is no one’s business but Chris Sale’s.

That’s why specifics have been hard to come by since the ace Red Sox left-hander first hit the disabled list on July 31 with mild shoulder inflammation. And it’s why the team offered nothing more than a general update – he’s throwing -- at baseball’s winter meetings on Monday.

"Chris is an individual who is great, and we feel comfortable with him and all that, but he's not one that likes to share a bunch of information," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Las Vegas, including’s Rob Bradford. "That's just the way it is, but we feel very comfortable where he is and he just wants to keep it between us."

There’s still no word on exactly what sidelined Sale for so much of the second half before he redeemed a nondescript postseason by recording the final out of the World Series, a strikeout of Dodgers infielder Manny Machado.

"We have a pulse of it, but we're really not going to discuss it," said Dombrowski. "We have a real pulse of what took place."

Dombrowski added that Sale is throwing and, “he needs nothing else as far as medical is concerned."

Sale, who’s entering the final year of his contract, went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA last year.