TAMPA -- A spring full of bad news continued for the Red Sox Wednesday, as it was revealed that lefty Chris Sale "came up a little sore in his elbow" following Sunday's live batting practice session and has undergone an MRI.
Sale missed most of the final two months of 2019 with a sprained ligament in his elbow. He underwent platelet-rich plasma injections last fall and didn't require surgery on the elbow.
But the fact that Sale experienced soreness after facing hitters for the first time since last August is surely an ominous sign. The Red Sox medical staff has already reviewed the MRI, which has been forwarded to orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for further consultation.
Sale felt the soreness Monday morning, the day after the 15-pitch BP session.
"Obviously, we're concerned about it,'' said manager Ron Roenicke. "But until we get results, I really don't have much more to tell you.''
"There's some concern,'' acknowledged chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, "knowing how his 2019 went and knowing how important he is to us. But until we have all the information we don't want to start speculating unnecessarily.
"Anytime something like this happens, it's going to make you concerned. But we also know that in the course of building up, when you do hit these milestones, sometimes you can get sore. He hasn't faced hitters in a long time. So again, I think to speculate too much would be irresponsible. But needless to say, everything has gone so well to this point. This is our first bump in the road. Hopefully it just a bump in the road, but you can't help but be somewhat concerned.''