Chris Sale's road back officially started Monday.
The Red Sox announced that the pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache performing the surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute. Recovery. The Boston Globe was first to report the procedure had been executed.
News that Sale would need Tommy John surgery was surfaced March 19, with the team uncertain at the time regarding a timeline for the operation due to the complications regarding elective surgeries during the coronavirus crisis. Dr. James Andrews, for one, has suspended elective procedures according to the Globe.
The recovery time for Tommy John surgeries is approximately 14-16 months. Some examples of players who have had the procedure during relatively the same time of year are Will Smith (March 30, 2017), Detroit's Michael Fulmer (March 27, 2019) and former Blue Jays hurler Bo Schultz (March 29, 2017).
Smith, who is just about the same age as the 31-year-old Sale, made his return to a major league mound May 2, 2018. The reliever pitched in 54 games that season, totaling a 2.55 ERA, and signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Braves heading into 2020.