The Boston Red Sox appear to have dodged a major bullet.
The veteran hurler will miss the remainder of the 2019 regular season, and a return in the postseason is unlikely if the Red Sox manage to earn a spot in the playoffs, Passan adds.
Sale visited Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday, and the follow-up reportedly confirmed the pitcher's previous diagnosis of elbow inflammation.
He received a platelet-rich plasma shot in his elbow, and Andrews recommended a re-evaluation in six weeks.
Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday after he felt stiffness in his elbow following a start last week.
The 30-year-old Sale is in the midst of the worst season of his career. He's 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA over 147 1/3 innings, but still leads major-league starters with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Boston signed the seven-time All-Star to a five-year, $145-million contract extension in March that runs through 2024.