Chris Sale injury update: Red Sox activate Cy Young candidate from DL

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Chris Sale (Getty Images)

The Red Sox activated ace Chris Sale from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday after he spent his second stint out with a shoulder injury.

Sale, who is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA and 219 strikeouts in just 146 innings pitched this season, remains a front-runner for American League Cy Young award despite making just 23 starts this season. He last pitched Aug. 12.

The Red Sox have an eight-game lead in the race for home-field advantage in the AL playoffs. Sale will likely be on a strict pitch count Tuesday and may not pitch a full five-plus innings again during the regular season.

With David Price also dealing with injury, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia shut down for the season, Boston can ill-afford to lose Sale for the postseason.