Report: Red Sox taking cautious approach with Sale's Tommy John recovery
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It appears like Chris Sale will be returning to the Boston Red Sox later rather than sooner.

The Red Sox are expected to be cautious with the left-hander's recovery from Tommy John surgery, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Sale underwent surgery March 30. Players usually require 12-to-15 months to recover from the procedure.

While the Red Sox would love to have the 31-year-old contribute in 2021, they'd prefer to take a conservative approach, according to Olney.

Sale is entering the second season of a five-year, $145-million contract extension he signed with the Red Sox in 2019.

During his three seasons in Boston, Sale owns a 35-23 record with a 3.08 ERA and 13.2 K/9 in 84 starts.

Sale helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2018.

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Report: Red Sox taking cautious approach with Sale's Tommy John recovery
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