Chris Sale back throwing after neck-induced setback

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Chris Sale is throwing, with his surgically-repaired left elbow progressing nicely.

But the Red Sox' pitcher's timetable for a return from Tommy John surgery has had to recently be adjusted.

According to a source, Sale experienced a setback around the holidays due to neck stiffness. The ailment put a halt to the starter's throwing program, which he has begun participating in again.

Sale's workouts now include treatment on the neck issue to prevent the problem from cropping up again. He was originally planning on throwing off a mound at some point in January before recent incident.

Sale underwent his surgery on March 29, with many estimating a return to action around May or June. In a recent ESPN piece, it was stated that the Red Sox are "apt to take a conservative approach.

“With Chris, we’re still looking at a midsummer return to have him fully stretched out as a starter,” Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said in early November. “But everything continues going along with that. Arm’s doing great, which is awesome.”

The 31-year-old Sale is signed through the 2025 season, with an opportunity to opt-out after 2022.