Chris Sale made his much-anticipated first rehab start on Thursday, and the results were promising.
The Boston Red Sox ace took the mound for the rookie-level Florida Complex League Red Sox against the FCL Orioles. The start marked Sale's first game action since 2019 as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.
The left-hander tossed three shutout innings, tallying five strikeouts while allowing four hits and no walks. According to SoxProspects.com's Ian Cundall, Sale's fastball topped out at 94 mph and his command of his slider and changeup improved over the course of his outing.
Check out two of Sale's Ks below:
An encouraging day for Sale, especially considering the original plan was for him to only pitch two innings.
Sale's next rehab start likely will come sometime early next week.