Chris Sale (elbow, illness) starting season on Red Sox IL

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (elbow, illness) will open the 2020 season on the injured list, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday morning.

What It Means:

Sale threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday, but he's still behind schedule due to a case of pneumonia. The positive takeaway is that his elbow isn't a major concern. Sale should be ready by mid-April.

Sale recorded a 4.40 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 218 strikeouts and 37 walks across 147 1/3 innings last season. He went 6-11 in 25 starts.