Chris Sells breaks finger after hitting comeback vs Yankees, originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sell suffered a fractured pinky in his throwing arm after being hit by a returner against the New York Yankees on Sunday.
At the bottom of the first inning at Yankee Stadium, Aaron Hicks hit a line drive that went off Sale’s left hand and went into right field for an RBI single. Sales immediately came off the field as he showed manager Alex Cora his painful-looking finger injury.
The southeastern Yankees were out of the game with a 3–0 lead and were replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura. The Sox later announced that Sale had suffered a broken left pinky. The timeline for his recovery was not immediately given.
Cell, 33, was making his second start after a stress fracture in his rib cage, along with a non-baseball medical problem, kept him off a major league mound for the first three months of the season. He injured his rib while working out during MLB’s lockdown.
Sell threw 78 pitches in five scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in his return Tuesday. His outing on Sunday ended after 24 pitches, as he conceded three runs (two earned) off two hits and recorded two outs.
The sale has made just 11 regular-season debuts since mid-August 2019. He went 5-1 on his return from Tommy John surgery last season with nine over 3.16 ERAs.