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.
The #RedSox today activated LHP Chris Sale from the 10-day disabled list. pic.twitter.com/pK0zajTiE0
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 11, 2018
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.