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Sale slated to make his return Sunday in Baltimore

Rob Bradford
August 07, 2018 - 5:43 pm

TORONTO -- Chris Sale has a return date.

The Red Sox pitcher, who has been on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness, is slated to start Sunday in Baltimore. It will be Sale's first outing since being scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Yankees.

"He played catch yesterday," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora prior to his team's game at Rogers Centre Tuesday night. "He played catch today. He’s throwing his bullpen tomorrow. Everything seems fine so it looks like that’s going to happen."

Cora chose not to pitch Sale during Saturday's doubleheader, which will see David Price pitch the opener with the starter for Game 2 still to be determined. Nathan Eovaldi will pitch Friday.

"Kind of like keep them on the same program as far as days in between starts," said Cora when asked what went into the decision to not pitch Sale Saturday. "It’s going to become a little bit different coming up with off days on Monday and Thursday, the one yesterday. It’s not that we are trying to reset the rotation but we’re trying to take advantage of the off days. We are going to give these guys as much rest as possible. There are going to be guys throwing in five days, other in six, others in seven. We’ll see how it goes. It’s not that we were planning on it but it works this way and the schedule is going to let us do this."

In other news regarding Red Sox starters, Eduardo Rodriguez will throw a live batting practice session Friday.

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