Some thoughts on the news that Chris Sale will soon undergo Tommy John surgery, its impact on the 2020 Red Sox team and beyond:
1. Getting this surgery done last fall wasn't the right course of action.
It's easy to second-guess and say that the Red Sox wasted valuable recovery time by not having Sale undergo surgery last August and September. Had they done so, Sale would be roughly seven month into his recovery time and on schedule to be perfectly healthy for Opening Day 2021.
But that ignores some basic facts.
First, as chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom noted Thursday night, unlar collateral ligament transfer surgery is not a minor procedure. It requires a long (12-18 months) recovery period, and while advancements have been made over the decades, it's not without its risks. It's not, in other words, fool-proof and shouldn't be undertaken lightly.