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Red Sox activate ace Chris Sale to start vs. Orioles

John Tomase
August 12, 2018 - 12:16 pm

The Red Sox on Sunday activated ace Chris Sale from the 10-day disabled list so he can start this afternoon against the Orioles.

Sale missed two starts with mild shoulder inflammation that both pitcher and team had deemed minor. The 29-year-old missed starts against the Yankees and Blue Jays, but his absence hardly slowed down the hard-charging Sox, who have won nine of their last 10.

To make room for Sale on the roster, the Red Sox optioned right-hander Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket and returned fellow reliever William Cuevas to the PawSox.

Sale is 11-4 with a 2.04 ERA in 22 starts. He leads the American League in ERA and he leads baseball in opponent batting average (.179), WHIP (0.87) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.21). He has not allowed a run in his last 23 innings, the longest active stretch in the big leagues.