Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale suffers fractured left pinkie on comebacker that hits hand

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale suffered a broken pinky on his pitching hand when he was hit by a comebacker in the first inning against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

With two outs, Aaron Hicks hit a 106.7 mph line drive off Sale’s left hand. The ball was deflected into midfield when Gleyber Torres scored to give New York a 3-0 lead.

Sale cried out in pain and immediately came off the field, holding up his injured hand, and was replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura. The Red Sox announced later Sunday that Sale fractured a left fifth finger.

Sale, 33, was making his second start since returning from a broken rib that cost him the first three months of the season. He threw 78 pitches in five scoreless innings Tuesday at Tampa Bay and threw 24 pitches Sunday before leaving the game after allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits while facing six batters.

During the major league lockout, Sale broke a rib while practicing alone.

Sale, who has signed a five-year, $145 million contract through 2024, has pitched just 48 1/3 innings over 11 starts for the Red Sox since the end of the 2019 season.

Last season, the seven-time All-Star won 5-1 in nine starts on his return from Tommy John surgery with a 3.16 ERA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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