Chris Sale Won't Need Tommy John Surgery, But Don't Expect Him Back Anytime Soon

By , WEEI 93.7

(WEEI) -- Dr. James Andrews has given the Red Sox some hope when it comes to Chris Sale’s elbow.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Andrews confirmed the inflammation in Sale’s elbow on Monday, but Sale is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery.

But it wasn't all good news. As Passan notes, the hard-throwing left-hander is out for six weeks, making his return to the mound in 2019 unlikely, even if the Red Sox make the playoffs.

The Red Sox placed Sale on the 10-day Injured List on Saturday, retroactive to Wednesday, August 14, the day Sale first felt stiffness in his elbow.

Dave Dombrowski proved an update on Sale's situation after the initial report. He made no mention of surgery, though he did note Sale received a "platelet-rich plasma injection." Andrews also recommended "a period of shutdown from throwing."

"Sale will be re-evaluated in six weeks by Dr. Andrews,” Dombrowski added.