Sale chose to undergo the procedure now out of fear that delaying it could have caused him to miss significant time in the 2021 season, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Recovery from ulnar collateral ligament repairs in the elbow typically takes 12-14 months, putting Sale on pace to return early in 2021. While the coronavirus pandemic-induced delay to the start of the Major League Baseball season was not a direct cause of Sale deciding to undergo the surgery, sources said, the possibility of a significant number of games missed reinforced the decision.
In a conference call later Thursday, Bloom said the surgery “would have happened either way.”
Bloom would not reveal the physician who will undertake Sale’s procedure, but said that the operation would happen “fairly soon.”
Bloom said Sale started throwing lightly in a batting cage on Friday and Saturday before playing catch Tuesday, when he felt enough pain that he had to stop throwing.
“This is a tough thing for Chris and a tough thing for all of us,” Bloom said. “He’s an outstanding…