Boston Red Sox estimating 2021 ‘midsummer return’ for ace following Tommy John surgery

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom don’t expect Chris Sale to open the 2021 season in the Red Sox rotation. He is estimating a midsummer return for the ace.

Sale — who underwent Tommy John surgery in late March — began throwing in early September. Tommy John rehab typically takes 12 months or more.

“With Chris, we’re still looking at a midsummer return to have him fully stretched out as a starter,” Bloom said Wednesday during a Zoom call. “But everything continues going along with that. Arm’s doing great, which is awesome.”

“I’d like to be in a spot where we feel pretty good about what we have (with starting pitching depth) and when he comes back, that’s upside,” Bloom said. “Because we know that’s not going to be at the beginning of the season.”

The Red Sox finished the 2020 season ranked 25th in starter ERA (5.34), last

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