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Sale fractures wrist in bike accident, out for 2022 season

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will miss the rest of the 2022 season after suffering a right wrist fracture in a bicycle accident, the team announced on Tuesday. The 33-year-old underwent surgery on Monday.

Sale was already on the 15-day injured list after he suffered a fractured left pinkie finger on a comebacker while facing the Yankees on July 17 and underwent surgery.

The start against New York was just his second of the season. Sale missed the first three months of the year with a stress fracture in his right rib cage, marking the third straight year he had to open the season on the injured list.

“You couldn’t make this up, right?” president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said. “We need to dispatch some people to go find whoever has the Chris Sale voodoo doll and recover it.”

Sale’s injury problems began to crop up after he signed a five-year, $145 million contract extension with Boston following the 2018 season.

He was shut down with left elbow inflammation late in the 2019 season and underwent Tommy John surgery the following March, missing the shortened 2020 campaign as a result. Sale didn’t make his return to the mound for Boston until Aug. 14, 2021.

Sale, who owns a career 3.03 ERA with the best K/BB ratio (5.33) in MLB history (min. 1,000 innings), still has at least two years remaining on his deal with the Red Sox.

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