Red Sox lefty Chris Sale throws five strong innings for Triple-A Worcester

Chris Sale continued his dominance of minor league hitters on Saturday at Polar Park.

In front of 9,508 fans, the largest crowd ever in Worcester’s new ballpark, Sale struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball.

“I finally put in my first real day of work in two years,” Sale told reporters, including “I felt good. I felt normal. I was out there competing like I always do. It’s different knowing I’m only going to go two innings today or three innings today. Today was like, you have to carry some load and you have to figure out how to navigate this game.”

Sale has now thrown 15-1/3 innings over four minor league rehab starts across three levels. He’s struck out 27 batters with just one walk. He’s allowed only three runs on 15 hits.

The Red Sox haven’t said what the next step is for Sale, but they want him to get at least one more start in the minors before calling him back to the big leagues for the first time since 2019.

Both Triple-A Worcester and Double-A Portland are away from home next week, meaning Sale might have to pack his bags for a road trip before he pitches again.

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