We are living in a world of uncertainty.
We don’t know when we will be able to see friends, family, colleagues or loved ones outside of Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Zoom chats. We don’t know when we will next be able to have a meal in a restaurant, or when we’ll be able to stand within 6 feet of another person without getting a dirty look.
We also don’t know when we will see another baseball game. What we do know, though, is that if games are played in 2020, Red Sox ace Chris Sale, like Yankees ace Luis Severino, won’t be on the mound for any of them.
After his elbow didn’t respond well following some throwing earlier this week, Sale — who dealt with a flexor strain and elbow issues before spring training — was shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic. He became the second big-name AL East hurler to opt for Tommy John surgery in the past month.
Even before COVID-19 was a thing and Sale made this decision, there were too many red flags for the veteran lefty.
From 2012-17, Sale was one of the most dominant pitchers, making 181 appearances (180 starts) and pitching 1,230 innings (an average of 205 per season). He was 87-55 with a 3.01 ERA, 1,441…