Red Sox ace Chris Sale to throw two innings in first minor league rehab start since Tommy John surgery

Next step for Chris Sale, a minor league rehab assignment.

After almost 16 months of recovery since he underwent Tommy John surgery, Sale is likely to face hitters in a game for the first time next week.

He threw two innings of a live batting practice session Sunday.

“Everything good,” manager Alex Cora said. “He was good. Results apart, (trainer Brad Pearson) told me he struck out a lot of people down there. But as far as the stuff, it was really good. Tomorrow is the big day, right? He did what he did today, and let’s see how he shows up tomorrow. Hopefully everything is fine and then we can map it out.”

Sale will likely throw two innings in his first rehab start, but the Sox haven’t announced when or where it will occur. It’s uncertain how many starts he’ll need before he’s ready for big league action, but pitching coach Dave Bush said he wants to see Sale throw five innings before he comes back.

“It’s not the big leagues, but it’s still a real game,” Cora said. “He’s going to be anxious. He’s going to be excited. The whole day is going to be different. It’s his first outing since Cleveland a few years ago in 2019. So, probably two innings and then from there, we’ll see where it takes us.”

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