Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale suffers gruesome finger injury, leaves game vs. Yankees

Sale left the game in the first inning after he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks. Sale hit the dirt immediately and hurried off the field. He was replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale walks off the mound after a hand injury during the first inning against the New York Yankees Sunday, luglio 17, 2022, in New York.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale walks off the mound after a hand injury during the first inning against the New York Yankees Sunday, luglio 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

It was later revealed he fractured a pinkie.

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Sale held his hand up as he walked off the mound. Video from the game showed a mangled finger.

The star Red Sox pitcher was making only his second start since returning from a fractured rib. He pitched Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and appeared to be in familiar form. He threw five shutout innings, allowing only three hits.

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A close-up look at Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale as he walks off the mound after a hand injury during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees Sunday, luglio 17, 2022, in New York.

A close-up look at Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale as he walks off the mound after a hand injury during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees Sunday, luglio 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Sale’s been hit with the injury bug a bunch of times during his tenure with the Red Sox. He battled through shoulder and elbow troubles in 2018 e 2019. He didn’t pitch in 2020 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.

He returned in 2021 only to suffer more elbow discomfort.

He injured a rib during the work stoppage. And Sunday he injured the pinkie.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale walks off the mound after a hand injury during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees Sunday, luglio 17, 2022, in New York.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale walks off the mound after a hand injury during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees Sunday, luglio 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Sale is signed with Boston through the 2024 stagione.

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