The Chris Sale talk figures to last all the way through Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. But that certainly doesn’t mean all the smoke will ultimately lead to any kind of fire.

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

The Chris Sale talk figures to last all the way through Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. But that certainly doesn’t mean all the smoke will ultimately lead to any kind of fire.

According to multiple major league executives who have been in communication with the White Sox, the chances of Chicago dealing Sale remain ‘highly unlikely,’ unless White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is ‘absolutely blown away’ by an offer for the 27-year-old lefty.

This, of course, doesn’t mean Sale absolutely doesn’t get traded before Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline, with one executive with an interested team saying they think ‘there’s a chance’ a blockbuster deal gets done.

Late last week sources told WEEI.com following Sale’s meltdown Saturday, in which he cut up his team’s throwback uniform in protest of having to wear them during his start, the White Sox were still not inclined to trade the ace or his rotation-mate, Jose Quintana.

One of the more interesting names surfaced in rumors involving Sale is pitcher Julio Urias, who the New York Post reported the Dodgers would be willing to include in a deal for the White Sox pitcher. The 19-year-old is considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and has a 4.69 ERA over his nine starts, having struck out 48 in 40 1/3 innings.

Sale is under team control through 2019, while scheduled to not make more than $13.5 million in any season. The final two years of his deal are team options.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

A pectoral strain is extremely rare for a baseball player to suffer, which is why it’s hard to have an idea of what Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara is going through and what a realistic timetable for his return might be.

Although it was two years ago, Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez suffered the same injury when he was attempting a pick-off attempt at first base.

Koji Uehara is on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Koji Uehara is on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

A pectoral strain is extremely rare for a baseball player to suffer, which is why it’s hard to have an idea of what Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara is going through and what a realistic timetable for his return might be.

Although it was two years ago, Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez suffered the same injury when he was attempting a pick-off attempt at first base.

“It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez suffered the injury on Aug. 8 and didn’t return until Sept. 26, but not as a starter.

Coming back from the injury he was switched to the bullpen where he made one regular-season appearance and one postseason appearance against the Orioles in the ALDS as he was never back to 100 percent.

“That injury is the most weird injury that could happen to a baseball player, but that happens sometimes,” he said.

The Tigers starter noted the rehab process took about a month and a half and it was mostly rest. He couldn’t lift any weights or do any throwing. Sanchez received a PRP injection like Uehara and also noted he was nervous returning from the injury as he didn’t want the muscle to tighten on him again.

“I was nervous,” Sanchez said. “You feel weird because you feel everything in the shoulder. Sometimes I felt something, but I think it’s more mental.”

Uehara suffered the injury after throwing seven pitches against the Giants on July 19. Going off of Sanchez’s timeline, Uehara would return to the Red Sox the first week of September, but it’s important to note Sanchez was 30 years old at the time. Uehara is 41 years old, which likely means his recovery time could be a little longer. Also, Sanchez didn’t go back to his normal role either.

Bottom line, don’t expect Uehara back to the Red Sox until at least early September at minimum, but also it’s no guarantee he returns at all.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Jackie Bradley Jr. got his revenge.

Back in May when Bradley Jr. appeared on MLB Network after winning the American League Player of the Week, Hanley Ramirez appeared in the background distracting Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. got his revenge.

Back in May when Bradley Jr. appeared on MLB Network after winning the American League Player of the Week, Hanley Ramirez appeared in the background distracting Bradley Jr.

Tuesday, Bradley Jr. got his revenge by doing the same when Ramirez was on MLB Network after winning the most recent AL Player of the Week.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox seem to be getting closer to getting back to a full compliment of players as both Blake Swihart and Chris Young are getting closer to returning to the team.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

The Red Sox seem to be getting closer to getting back to a full compliment of players as both Blake Swihart and Chris Young are getting closer to returning to the team.

Swihart suffered an ankle sprain on June 5 and hasn’t played since. The catcher-turned-left fielder suffered a bit of a set back last week, but manager John Farrell indicated the next 7-10 days would be important for him.

“He’s ramping up activities and when he first increased the intensity, there was some residual discomfort in just getting past some of the increased change in direction, straight ahead speed, so while he’s making progress, he’s not ready to go out on a rehab assignment,” Farrell said. “I would say these next 7-10 days are going to be pivotal on what the next step would be for him.”

In 19 games at the major league level this season, Swihart is batting .258.

Young, another left fielder, is also getting closer to a return.

The right-handed hitter has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury since June 24, but will go on the 11-day West Coast trip beginning Thursday and start running, which will eventually lead into being ready for a rehab stint.

“He’ll be on the trip increasing the running,” Farrell said. “He’s hitting in the cage. He’s starting to hit on the field. The overall running on ground-base, that is still in the process of ramping up. By no means, he’s jogging. He hasn’t done any kind of sprint work yet. Ideally, a 11-day road trip, hopefully he’s close to getting out on a rehab assignment when we get back from that trip.”

In 48 games, the 32-year-old is batting .277.

Getting both Young and Swihart back would be important for the team as they could potentially have Brock Holt go back to his super utility role, which could prove vital as the team has a brutal schedule upcoming and could be an easy way to give players days off.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Joe Kelly made his relief debut with the Red Sox on Monday allowing a run in an inning of work. Farrell isn’t exactly sure what his role will be and how many innings he will go in a given game, but did indicate he’d be available Tuesday.

“It is going to be dependent upon the number of pitches,” Farrell said. “Last night I thought was an opportunity we might be able to get a couple of innings, but after 21, 22 pitches in an inning, didn’t want to stretch him out to 40-plus. He would be available again today. It’s going to be dependent upon the number of pitches thrown and the overall state of our bullpen.”

Kelly allowed a triple to Justin Upon on a 101 mph fastball Monday, which proved once again it doesn’t matter how hard he throws, he still needs an off-speed pitch to get hitters out.

“The same thing applies in his role as it did as he was starting,” Farrell said. “His need to use secondary pitches exists. That is going to always be part of Joe’s plan for success, that he can’t just rely on just velocity because as we’ve seen the swing and miss rate is low despite upper 90s to 100 mph. It’s all part of Joe understanding who he is as a pitcher and the use of his secondary pitches is going to be key.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

The Red Sox seem to be getting closer to getting back to a full compliment of players as both Blake Swihart and Chris Young are getting closer to returning to the team.

Swihart suffered an ankle sprain on June 5 and hasn’t played since. The catcher-turned-left fielder suffered a bit of a set back last week, but manager John Farrell indicated the next 7-10 days would be important for him.

“He’s ramping up activities and when he first increased the intensity, there was some residual discomfort in just getting past some of the increased change in direction, straight ahead speed, so while he’s making progress, he’s not ready to go out on a rehab assignment,” Farrell said. “I would say these next 7-10 days are going to be pivotal on what the next step would be for him.”

In 19 games at the major league level this season, Swihart is batting .258.

Young, another left fielder, is also getting closer to a return.

The right-handed hitter has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury since June 24, but will go on the 11-day West Coast trip beginning Thursday and start running, which will eventually lead into being ready for a rehab stint.

“He’ll be on the trip increasing the running,” Farrell said. “He’s hitting in the cage. He’s starting to hit on the field. The overall running on ground-base, that is still in the process of ramping up. By no means, he’s jogging. He hasn’t done any kind of sprint work yet. Ideally, a 11-day road trip, hopefully he’s close to getting out on a rehab assignment when we get back from that trip.”

In 48 games, the 32-year-old is batting .277.

Getting both Young and Swihart back would be important for the team as they could potentially have Brock Holt go back to his super utility role, which could prove vital as the team has a brutal schedule upcoming and could be an easy way to give players days off.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Joe Kelly made his relief debut with the Red Sox on Monday allowing a run in an inning of work. Farrell isn’t exactly sure what his role will be and how many innings he will go in a given game, but did indicate he’d be available Tuesday.

“It is going to be dependent upon the number of pitches,” Farrell said. “Last night I thought was an opportunity we might be able to get a couple of innings, but after 21, 22 pitches in an inning, didn’t want to stretch him out to 40-plus. He would be available again today. It’s going to be dependent upon the number of pitches thrown and the overall state of our bullpen.”

Kelly allowed a triple to Justin Upon on a 101 mph fastball Monday, which proved once again it doesn’t matter how hard he throws, he still needs an off-speed pitch to get hitters out.

“The same thing applies in his role as it did as he was starting,” Farrell said. “His need to use secondary pitches exists. That is going to always be part of Joe’s plan for success, that he can’t just rely on just velocity because as we’ve seen the swing and miss rate is low despite upper 90s to 100 mph. It’s all part of Joe understanding who he is as a pitcher and the use of his secondary pitches is going to be key.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It’s always a busy time of the year with the trade deadline less than a week away, especially considering the Red Sox have already made four trades in the month of July.