Sam Kennedy on GHS: Red Sox not second-guessing Chris Sale extension following elbow injury

Ryan Hannable
August 21, 2019 - 10:33 am

While the news on Chris Sale isn't all good, it could have been much worse.

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The Red Sox lefty has inflammation in his elbow and received a PRP injection, which will keep him out at least six weeks. This is better than what it could have been whenever a pitcher goes to visit with Dr. James Andrews.

Even with the news not being as bad as it could have been, some have questioned the Red Sox giving Sale an extension during spring training when he still had a year left on his contract and he was coming off an injury-filled end of the year last season.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon Wednesday morning, Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy disagreed.

“No, not at all. This is a guy who you want to build around," Kennedy said. "This is a guy who represents everything you want in a member of the Boston Red Sox. He is tough. He’s accountable. He’s experienced. He’s a World Series champion. Injuries are part of the game. He has inflammation in the elbow, which is never a good thing when it comes to a pitcher, but as he said, it could have been a lot worse.

"We’ll stay optimistic and hope that it continues to heal and get better and he will be able to come back. Everybody is sort of writing off 2019 for him, but you never know what might happen. Let’s see how he feels in 4-5 weeks and go from there.”

As for Mookie Betts, who has one year remaining on his contract, he said Tuesday he enjoys playing in Boston despite what some have speculated.

Kennedy added the organization would like to get a deal done with him to keep him around long term, but it comes down to what is right for the player and the team.

“None of that is a surprise. We’ve spent a lot of time with Mookie and his family. We know exactly how Mookie feels about Boston, how he feels about playing at Fenway Park," Kennedy said. "He loves it here and we love Mookie playing here. He’s been an incredible member of the Red Sox and we’ve been very open that we’d love him to be here for the long term. We just have to make sure we strike that balance that works for the team and works for Mookie. He’s the kind of guy you want. He’s a homegrown guy.

"He was drafted incredibly in the fifth round — think about that. Teams passed on him many, many, many times. That shows you how difficult it is in this sport to evaluate talent at the amateur level. We like Mookie here for the long term. We obviously don’t talk publicly about negotiations, but we’ve expressed and professed our love for him and his family.”

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