Sale was placed back on the disabled list on Saturday afternoon with left shoulder inflammation. Needless to say, this is a very frustrating move for both the team and Sale. The left-hander had just one start since last being on the DL, as he is once again on the 10-day list. He was on there earlier this month with what was called "mild shoulder inflammation."
That one healthy start for Sale came last Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, as he struck out 12 over five shutout innings. He currently holds a scoreless streak of 28 innings, and is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA on the season. When he has been able to throw, he has been red hot, going 6-0 with a 0.28 ERA in his past seven starts.
The good news for Boston is that, according to Sale, it is not as bad as his last DL stint. More than likely, especially with the Red Sox running away from the rest of the league, this is more of a precautionary move, keeping Sale as healthy as possible for the postseason. The 29-year-old's roster spot was replaced by Brandon Workman, who was called up from Triple-A. Workman is 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 26 appearances, spanning three separate stints.