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McAdam: With Chris Sale gone for the year, reality begins to set in

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On Monday, the reaction was mostly relief. If you had happened by Fenway Park mid-afternoon, you likely would have heard a collective exhale by everyone inside.

The news on Chris Sale was, as these things go, as good as could be expected. No, he wouldn't need Tommy John surgery that likely would have sidelined him until the beginning of the 2021 season.

Sale was found to have inflammation in his left elbow, with no structural damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.

"We'll get through this,'' said Sale. "It's not the end of the world. It could be worse; that's my mindset.''

The flip side, however, is that Sale