After Red Sox doctors and orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews reviewed the results of an MRI on pitcher Chris Sale’s sore throwing elbow, the pitcher will be seeking a third opinion.
Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke said on Wednesday morning, “We are waiting for one more opinion. And we want to make sure that we get everybody’s opinion on this.” The final opinion will come from Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. He was set to review the images on Wednesday and share his thoughts with Sale. A decision is expected by Thursday.
Surgery has not been specifically mentioned by the Red Sox, but it is a strong possibility, given Sale also had elbow inflammation last August. At the time, rest and rehab was recommended. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and was shut down for the rest of the season.
Sale originally felt elbow soreness on Monday, one day after throwing 15 pitches in his first live batting practice session of spring training. At the very least, Sale will miss a month at the start of the season, Roenicke said.
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