Chaim Bloom says Chris Sale is cursed. But the Ivy League analytics whiz should know better.
Voodoo dolls don’t exist in real life.
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On Tuesday, we learned that Sale, who was rehabbing a broken pinky finger, underwent season-ending surgery last weekend on a broken right wrist. How did Sale injure his right wrist, you ask?
He fell off a bicycle.
“You couldn’t make this up, right? We need to dispatch some people to go find whoever has the Chris Sale voodoo doll and recover it,” said Bloom. “It stinks. It’s really unfortunate. We’re relieved this wasn’t worse. Obviously, it was a pretty rough spill and very glad this wasn’t worse. It’s been such a run of bad luck for him and obviously for us.”
That’s an understatement. Since Sale’s five-year, $145 million extension took effect in 2020, he’s undergone Tommy John surgery, broken a rib throwing a pitch, broken a pinky finger on a line drive, contracted Covid (and remains unvaccinated), and now, broken a wrist falling off a bike.
In that span, he’s made just 11 starts, and thrown 48 regular-season innings. His playoff ERA is 8.00.
The image of Sale tumbling off his bicycle and breaking his wrist is hard to imagine. Bloom told reporters Sale took out his bike to pick up some lunch and “hit something going down a hill,” which caused him to fly out of his seat.
That’s a dramatic description. Hitting a pebble or small rock probably wouldn’t cause somebody to fly off their bicycle, even if they were going down a hill.
Bloom and his nerds should get working on that equation: If a 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher is traveling down a hill at “X” speed and hits a pebble at “Y” angle, what are the odds he flies over his handlebars and breaks his wrist?
Maybe Sale rode over trash or a dead animal. Who knew that biking around Chestnut Hill could be so treacherous.
The whole scene sounds bizarre. Apparently, Sale was throwing at Boston College Saturday, and went back home to grab his bike. After the accident, Sale called the Red Sox’ head trainer, Brad Pearson, who arrived at the scene and tended to him.
Bloom says Pearson told him about the incident later that day. There was no vehicle involved in the crash, according to Bloom.
That’s where the story ends. Bloom didn’t offer additional details about the episode, only saying Sale “must have hit something and fallen off the bike.”
That indicates Sale doesn’t know what caused the accident, which seems weird. Was the object moving fast?
Fresh off a broken pinky finger, it seems a little irresponsible for Sale to be riding his bicycle and braving the roadways for some grub, anyway. He makes $30 million annually.
He can afford the exorbitant service fees on Uber Eats.
But when it comes to Sale, vagueness is the norm. Back in May, an apparent non-medical baseball issue delayed his rehab from his broken rib. “I just had to take a week and a half off,,” Sale told reporters. “I had some stuff come up. Given some family history stuff, I had to check off some boxes for some scary things. Luckily, it all came back in the clear but I had something come up that, like I said, I had some family history things that happened with my grandfathers and things like that I just had to take care of.”
Sale doesn’t have to delve into his personal medical situation for the fans or media. But hopefully he provided the Red Sox with a little more info.
His rib injury was also suffered under ambiguous circumstances. The Red Sox said he suffered a fracture in his rib cage while he was throwing batting practice at his alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast. The injury occurred during the lockout, when players couldn’t communicate with their teams.
Sale was always a durability risk, and has broken down every season with the Red Sox. While we all remember Sale’s World Series-clinching strikeout of Manny Machado in 2018, he started only five games after July 27.
The following season, Sale was put on the 60-day DL due to elbow inflammation.
But elbow and shoulder issues are expected for lanky left-handers with violent delivers. But now, the injuries have stopped making sense.
We’ll see Sale next year, and anxiously await his next surprise.