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Red Sox Notebook: Chris Sale Threw Off Mound Tuesday For First Time in Over a Year, Woo Sox Fall in Inaugural Game & More

Here is some Wednesday Red Sox notes as they take on the Tigers tonight, if the weather holds up.

Chris Sale throws off the mound Tuesday, the first time in over 13 months he’s thrown off the mound:

Chris Sale threw off the mound for the first time in over 13 months, Red Sox Director of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom confirmed Tuesday.

“He did get on the mound today,” Bloom said. “Really more to just get the feel of it. It was not an extensive throwing session, but at the end of his throwing session this morning he threw a couple pitches off the mound.”

Sale missed all of 2020 due to Tommy John surgery, and it’s going to take some time before he pitches for the Red Sox in 2021. He also had multiple setbacks, including a neck injury and then a ‘little minor back thing early in camp.’

“It is a great milestone for him,” Bloom later said. “It’s the first time he’s done that since surgery. So it was very light today, but great for Chris and awesome for the organization.”

Summer is still the goal for Sale’s return.

“We’re getting closer to a point where we can start mapping out a timetable,” Bloom said. “He is progressing.”

Red Sox Minor Leagues Update:

(AAA) Woo Sox fall in Inaugural game:

The Worcester Red Sox fell 6-1 in their inaugural game Tuesday to the Buffalo Bisons, in Trenton.

Jonathan Arauz drove in the only run, as Tanner Houck went just three innings allowing three runs off eight hits.

Ryan Weber followed with three scoreless frames, but Mike McCarthy would give up three runs in his lone inning of work. Seth Blair went for a scoreless eighth.

(AA) Sea Dogs blown out in season opener:

The Sea Dogs fell in their season opener 11-1 to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Blue Jays affiliate.

Andrew Politi went four innings, allowing four taking the loss. It wouldn’t be pretty the rest of the way, as the Sea Dogs pen would allow seven more runs.

Top Red Sox prospects 1B/3B Triston Casas and CF Jeisson Rosario both went 2-for-4 on the night, and had a solid day at the plate.

Greenville Drive (High-A) and Salem Red Sox (Low-A) rained out:

Both the Greenville Drive and Salem Red Sox had their opening games rained out Tuesday. They’ll both make it up tonight.

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