Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale underwent Tommy John surgery, the MLB franchise announced on Monday.

The Red Sox deemed the elbow procedure – performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles – a success.

Sale will miss the entire 2020 season, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a best-case scenario would have the World Series winner back in June 2021.

A seven-time All-Star, Sale has struggled with injuries in recent seasons – the 31-year-old hurt his left elbow late last season.

In 25 appearances in 2019, Sale tallied 218 strikeouts and six wins.

Sale has 2,007 strikeouts in 312 career games since making his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2010.


A Boston Red Sox minor league player tested positive for coronavirus and the MLB team have shut down their training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

Boston made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after the positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The player is doing well though, the Red Sox did not reveal his identity.

The player is the third minor leaguer affiliated with a major league organisation to contract coronavirus after a pair of New York Yankees players earlier this month.

Because the affected player was most recently at the spring training site on March 15, the Red Sox believe he most likely obtained the virus after leaving Fort Myers.

The Fenway South/Jet Blue complex was closed on Tuesday for at least two weeks and will undergo a "deep cleaning".

The Red Sox said any players or staff members who came into close contact with the affected minor leaguer should self-quarantine for two weeks.

MLB has postponed Opening Day until at least mid-May because of the virus outbreak.

There have been more than 18,900 deaths globally, with over 422,820 confirmed cases.

Luckless Liverpool are in limbo as they bid to become champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

The Reds are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League, needing only two more wins to clinch the title, yet the season has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp's dominant side should have been sealing silverware on Saturday in their match against Crystal Palace but now instead must wait to see if the campaign can be completed at all.

Liverpool supporters might well feel they are cursed, and former goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar agreed last year as he splashed urine on the Anfield goalposts in an attempt to lift an apparent hex.

Such hoodoos are relatively commonplace in sport, though. We take a look at some notable examples.

LIVERPOOL (1990-present)

It seemed inconceivable when Liverpool won their 18th title in 1990 – an 11th in 18 seasons – that number 19 would not swiftly follow. But when Reds supporters mocked rivals Manchester United after their eighth success in 1993, with a banner that read, 'Come back when you've won 18', they were made to eat their words.

The Old Trafford club had 20 championships by the time manager Alex Ferguson departed, a 2009 United banner teasing: 'You told us to come back when we've won 18 – we are back'.

Indeed, Liverpool were runners-up to United in 2008-09, as Rafael Benitez infamously went public with criticism of Ferguson. Even when the Scot retired and United slumped in 2013-14, Liverpool collapsed on the home straight and were pipped by Manchester City, who denied them again last season.

This is surely now their year – as long as the campaign does indeed resume.

BOSTON RED SOX (1918-2004)

Liverpool might find some comfort in the knowledge their owner has experience in ending curses for sporting giants.

John W Henry took over the Boston Red Sox in 2002 with the aim of finally ending the Curse of the Bambino, which stemmed from the team's sale of star player Babe Ruth to rivals the New York Yankees some 83 years earlier.

Ruth had featured in three of Boston's five World Series triumphs and went on to win four more with the Yankees. Meanwhile, the Red Sox remarkably did not claim baseball's greatest prize again until 2004.

That miserable run was finally ended under Henry, though, after Boston had overturned a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (1995-2018)

The city of Boston could at least be comforted by titles for the Patriots, the Celtics or the Bruins. Atlanta's distress crossed several sports in increasingly spectacular fashion.

The Atlanta Braves won the World Series just once in 1995 within a stretch that returned 15 straight division titles. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons lost two Super Bowls, including a record-breaking collapse against Tom Brady's New England Patriots after leading 28-3. Even the University of Georgia ceded a big advantage to lose the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Atlanta United finally provided some respite with MLS Cup glory in 2018, and president Darren Eales told Stats Perform: "It was great to break the curse.

"It's been a long time since 1995 when the Braves won a championship. I'd heard so much in the week up to the game about Atlanta's curse in sport. I didn't get too excited until the referee blew his whistle."

DRAKE (2013-2019)

One of the more bizarre apparent curses of recent years related not to a team or a city but to a sole individual: Drake.

The Canadian rapper found an awful knack for backing athletes before big defeats. Serena Williams suffered a huge upset against Roberta Vinci at the US Open, where she had his support, while Anthony Joshua was pictured with Drake prior to his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

The Toronto Raptors fan came up with a solution for the 2019 NBA playoffs, however. Drake turned out in Philadelphia 76ers shorts as they dramatically lost to the Raptors, seemingly reversing the curse, before Toronto went on to beat the Golden State Warriors in the Finals.

BENFICA (1962-present)

Liverpool's is not the only ongoing 'curse' – and Benfica's is not set to end for another 42 years!

Head coach Bela Guttmann led the Portuguese giants to back-to-back European Cup successes in 1961 and 1962 but then left the club after reportedly asking for a pay rise. It is alleged he declared "not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion".

So it has proven, as Benfica lost European Cup finals in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990 and then came up short in successive Europa League finals in 2013 and 2014.

Boston Red Sox are set to be without pitcher Chris Sale for a substantial amount of time after the team confirmed he would undergo elbow surgery.

The Red Sox announced on Thursday that 30-year-old Sale, who has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, had aggravated an issue in his left arm.

Sale sustained the injury while training, having just returned from a two-week lay off for a strained flexor tendon in his forearm.

He will now undergo undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery – also known as Tommy John surgery.

Worryingly for the Red Sox, initial reports have suggested Sale will not only miss all of the 2020 MLB season – should it go ahead, with the league still on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic – but also the majority, if not the entirety, of the 2021 campaign.

Sale averaged 205 innings pitched from 2012 to 2017, but shoulder problems derailed his form in 2018 and issues with his elbow forced him to finish his 2019 campaign in August.

With Sale now set for a lengthy spell out, Boston will have to rely on Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi after they traded David Price in the offseason.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow and Tommy John surgery remains a possibility.

Sale, a seven-time All-Star, must wait a week before he begins throwing again as he deals with another elbow injury, having had one end his 2019 season.

But the 30-year-old admitted Tommy John surgery could still be an option, depending on his progress.

"That's what we determine in two or three weeks. It's a tough situation. I'm only telling you everything I know," Sale said on Thursday, via

"That's all I got. I'm going to know a lot more in two or three weeks.

"As soon as I figure that out, I'll be sitting right here in front of you waiting for it. That's all I can do."

Sale joined the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox ahead of the 2017 season, while he signed a five-year, $145million deal with the team last year.

Boston begin their 2020 campaign against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26.

The Boston Red Sox have "some concern" over Chris Sale after the pitcher was sent for an MRI on his elbow.

Sale, a seven-time All-Star, missed the end of the 2019 MLB season due to a left elbow injury.

In a similar injury, the 30-year-old was sore on Monday, leading the Red Sox to send Sale for an MRI amid concerns the setback may be serious.

"Obviously there's some concern," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said on Tuesday, via

"Knowing how his 2019 went and how important he is to us, there is some concern.

"But until we have all the information, we don't want to start speculating unnecessarily."

Sale, who joined the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox ahead of the 2017 season, went 6-11 last year.

Boston begin their MLB season against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26.

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will miss MLB's Opening Day after being placed on the 15-day injured list.

Sale – a seven-time All-Star and World Series winner – is building up his fitness after suffering from the flu and pneumonia prior to spring training camp with the Red Sox.

The Red Sox will open their season against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26.

"Nothing at all with the arm," said interim manager Ron Roenicke, who stepped in for Alex Cora after the sign-stealing scandal.

"He's doing really good. We're really happy with where he's at. This is strictly for missing two weeks and then only being able to give him four starts in Spring Training."

Roenicke added: "With the sickness, it cost him two weeks' time and that two weeks is what we'd like to give him to make sure he’s right.

"He's worked hard on getting his arm right. We didn't think four starts in Spring Training was fair to him to make him start the season. He'll open up on the [IL]."

Sale, who hurt his left elbow late last season, made 25 appearances in 2019 – tallying 218 strikeouts and six wins.

The 30-year-old has 2,007 strikeouts in 312 career games since making his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2010.

"I mean, [my target date] was March 26," said Sale. "Especially given what happened last year and going through this offseason, that was my goal. I wanted to be there. I've let other people do my job and pick up my slack for long enough."

"It was a gut punch," Sale continued. "When we were in that meeting, I said the only thing this hurts is my ego, and that doesn't matter. How can you argue with them just trying to take care of me and do what's best, not only for myself, but for the organisation and the team moving forward?

"They had great points and I didn't. I respect that. Like I said, I respect everybody in that room and the decision was made and you move forward."

LeBron James called out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over the handling of the sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros.

The Astros were found to have stolen signs of opposition teams en route to winning the 2017 World Series, as well as for part of the 2018 campaign.

General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were subsequently fired by the team in January after they were initially suspended for the entire 2020 season by the league, while the Boston Red Sox dismissed manager Alex Cora.

The fallout from the scandal continued on Tuesday after New York Yankees star Aaron Judge labelled the punishment "weak" and NBA icon James weighed in via social media.

James – a three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP – tweeted: "Listen I know I don't play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be f****** irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!

"Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this.

"Literally the ball is in your court [or should I say field] and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay."

James' comments came after he announced his first children's book will be released in August.

The 35-year-old – who is also set to feature in the next 'Space Jam' movie – has teamed up with HarperCollins Publishers for the picture book titled 'I Promise'.

"Books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That's why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me," James said.

"Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in."

Aaron Judge believes the punishment handed to the Houston Astros by MLB in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal has been too weak.

The Astros were found to have stolen signs of opposition teams on the way to winning the championship in 2017, as well as for part of 2018.

General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were subsequently fired by the team after they were initially suspended, while the Boston Red Sox dismissed manager Alex Cora.

He had been bench coach for the Astros before leaving to lead the Red Sox to the championship in 2018, with an investigation into Boston ongoing.

Last week, however, Astros owner Jim Crane claimed the team felt the sign-stealing did not impact the game.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated in January that the league did not plan to strip either team of their respective championships and Judge, who was part of a New York Yankees team which lost to the Astros in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in both 2017 and 2019, has been left frustrated.

"I wasn't a fan of the punishment," Judge told a news conference in relation to Astros players being given immunity in exchange for their testimonies. "I thought it was a little weak for a player-driven scheme."

"That's how I feel, it wasn't earned playing the game right and fighting to the end," he added when asked if the Astros should be stripped of the title.

"They weren't competing and we're competitors. The biggest thing about competition is laying it all on the line and whoever is the better player, the better person, comes out on top.

"You lay it out there and to know another team had an advantage which you can't guard against, I don't feel that's earned. It's not earned."

The Yankees do not face the Astros until May, when they play a three-game stand in Houston.

Judge is not the only player to have revealed his disappointment at MLB's punishment, with Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis also left frustrated.

"It's anger," Markakis told reporters on Tuesday. "I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating. It's wrong. They're messing with people's careers."

NBA great LeBron James also weighed in, calling on commissioner Manfred to take on board the comments from the players of opposing teams in regards to the scandal.

Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry insists the team did not want to trade star player Mookie Betts but feared the cost of his potential departure in free agency.

In the biggest trade of the MLB offseason, the Red Sox sent four-time All-Star Betts, David Price and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong and Jeter Downs.

Betts was the American League MVP in 2018 as Boston won the World Series, and his exit this month sparked outrage among fans.

But the 27-year-old is due to be an unrestricted free agent next year, and Henry says the Red Sox could not have run the risk of losing the player without getting his trade value.

The founder of Fenway Sports Group, which also owns Champions League winners Liverpool, compared the trade to that of Nomar Garciaparra in 2004 just months before Boston ended the Curse of the Bambino and won the World Series for the first time since 1918.

However, Henry also conceded he could understand fans being "disbelieving or angry or sad" as he would have felt similarly had the St Louis Cardinals - the team he supported as a child - traded Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

Starting a long message to fans, Henry wrote: "I would like to begin by addressing Red Sox fans directly about this offseason. We are used to challenging offseasons, but this one has been particularly challenging.

"So let me begin by saying that while they've been presented with extraordinary challenges this offseason, those of us sitting here today know that our baseball operations department under Chaim [Bloom] and Brian [O'Halloran]'s leadership has handled these challenges extremely well.

"We are confident and optimistic while at the same time cognisant of how all these challenges affect you, Red Sox fans."

He added of the Garciaparra trade: "All of us in the organisation hoped we could avoid ever having to go through something like that again. But most clubs face similar dilemmas from time to time.

"I understand there is probably little I can say today that will change how you feel about this, but it is my responsibility to try.

"The baseball organisations we compete against have become much more strategic and thoughtful about how and where they spend their resources in their quest for titles.

"We cannot shy away from tough decisions required to aggressively compete for World Series. This is what led to this trade."

Henry's statement concluded: "In today's game, there is a cost to losing a great player to free agency - one that cannot nearly be made up by the draft pick given. We have seen examples of this recently.

"We at the Red Sox will remember this as one of the toughest, one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make. We too love the young man, the great, great smile, the huge heart and the seemingly boundless talent he displayed here.

"We felt we could not sit on our hands and lose him next offseason without getting value in return to help us on our path forward.

"We carefully considered the alternative over the last year and made a decision when this opportunity presented itself to acquire substantial, young talent for the years ahead."

A tumultuous offseason is ending with Ron Roenicke as Boston's interim manager after title-winning manager Alex Cora left the team following the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.

Los Angeles Dodgers recruit Mookie Betts said "it's going to be pretty special" playing for the star-studded MLB powerhouse after arriving from the Boston Red Sox.

Betts – the 2018 American League MVP – was involved in a blockbuster trade on Monday, dealt to the Dodgers along with starting pitcher David Price.

An All-Star in each of the past four seasons, Betts and fellow recruit Price were officially introduced as Dodgers players on Wednesday.

Betts will team up with current National League MVP Cody Bellinger in the Dodgers' outfield, while 2012 AL Cy Young winner Price joins three-time NL Cy Young recipient Clayton Kershaw in the starting rotation.

"We've kind of talked through passing at the All-Star Game and as we played here," Betts said of his relationship with Bellinger midweek.

"It's going to be pretty special. He won the MVP last year, so he's definitely going to put on a show, and I'll do my best to keep up with him."

Betts helped the Red Sox to World Series glory in 2018 but Boston opted to trade the four-time Gold Glove Award winner after failing to agree a long-term deal.

The 27-year-old outfielder and Price, plus cash considerations, were sent to the Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.

Betts is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season and he was asked whether he would consider pledging his long-term future to the Dodgers.

"Right now, I just got here -- still trying to find a house and those kinds of things," Betts said. "I'm not even really thinking about that. I'm just focused on staying with 2020 and going from there."

The Dodgers clinched their seventh straight NL West title last season, finishing with a franchise-best 106-56 record before falling to eventual World Series champions the Washington Nationals in the Division Series.

Price added: "To be able to jump onto a team like the Dodgers, a team that has had the amount of success they've had the last couple years, and then add a player like Mookie Betts and to then be able to add myself to that mix as well, that's something special to be a part of, and we're both very excited about it."

The Boston Red Sox have appointed Ron Roenicke as their interim manager.

Roenicke had previously served as bench coach under Alex Cora, whom the Red Sox parted company with last month after it was found he was involved in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

"Ron’s extensive coaching and managerial experience, in addition to his familiarity with our players and staff, make him an ideal fit as we prepare for the 2020 season," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom.

"He has the respect of everyone in the clubhouse, and the way he carries himself and communicates will be a positive influence on our entire organisation.

"We are confident that Ron will hit the ground running, and we're excited to work closely with him as he leads our group forward."

Roenicke could be hired to the role on a permanent basis once MLB's sign-stealing investigation into the 2018 World Series-champion Red Sox is completed.

The Red Sox start spring training on Wednesday following a tumultuous offseason that has also seen them controversially trade star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston missed the playoffs in 2019, finishing third in the American League East with an 84-78 record.

Mookie Betts' blockbuster move from the Boston Red Sox to Los Angeles Dodgers was confirmed on Monday, while David Price is making the same switch.

An All-Star in each of the past four seasons and the 2018 American League MVP, Betts was traded to the Dodgers.

The outfielder and Price, plus cash considerations, are heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.

The move was confirmed by both teams on Monday.

"In trading a great player, a beloved player, we recognise how incredibly difficult this is for fans who fully understand just how special Mookie is," Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said in a statement.

"While the organisation in its entirety very much wanted to see Mookie in a Red Sox uniform for the length of his career, we believe in this decision as we are responsible and accountable for both the present and the future of the Red Sox. We thank Mookie for his incredible contributions, both on and off the field.

"David's arrival in Boston paved the way for a historic chapter for the Red Sox. His presence at the top of our rotation was critical to winning three consecutive division championships, and his 2018 postseason performance put both his talent and tenacity on full display.

"We appreciate what both Mookie and David brought to our club, and are grateful that they will forever be Red Sox World Series champions."

Betts' arrival is huge for the Dodgers, who won their last World Series title in 1988.

He hit 29 home runs and 80 RBIs while batting .295 last year, while scoring a career-high 135 runs.

Left-handed pitcher Price, 34, is a five-time All-Star, although the last of those came in 2015.

Major League Baseball League Players Association (MLBPA) executive director Tony Clark said the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade must be resolved quickly.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly reached a deal to acquire former American League MVP Betts and pitcher David Price in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, according to ESPN.

According to the report, the trade – also involving the Minnesota Twins – would see outfielder Alex Verdugo head to the Red Sox, with the Dodgers sending starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins, who would deal pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

However, the proposed trade has reached an impasse and Clark called on all three teams to sort it out.

"The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins, and Angels need to be resolved without further delay," Clark said.

"The events of this last week have unfairly put several Players' lives in a state of limbo.

"The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often Players are treated as commodities by those running the game."

Betts – a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Silver Slugger – tallied 29 home runs, 135 runs and 176 hits after 597 at-bats with an 80 RBI last season.

World Series champion and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner Price, who has three years remaining on his current deal, posted 128 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2019.

The Red Sox, who have endured a turbulent offseason following the departure of manager Alex Cora amid allegations of sign stealing – are looking to shed their wage bill and move below the $208million luxury-tax threshold.

Boston failed to defend their title in 2019 after missing out on the playoffs, while the Dodgers lost to eventual champions the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly acquired former MVP Mookie Betts and David Price in a blockbuster MLB trade with the Boston Red Sox.

A free agent at the end of the 2020 season, the Red Sox have apparently dealt 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion Betts after failing to agree a long-term deal.

According to ESPN and The Athletic, the trade – also involving the Minnesota Twins – will see outfielder Alex Verdugo head to the Red Sox.

The Dodgers will send starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins, who will trade pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

ESPN also reports the Dodgers have sent outfielder and soon-to-be free agent Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.

Betts – a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Silver Slugger – tallied 29 home runs, 135 runs and 176 hits after 597 at-bats with an 80 RBI last season.

World Series champion and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner Price, who has three years remaining on his current deal, posted 128 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2019.

The Red Sox, who have endured a turbulent offseason following the departure of manager Alex Cora amid allegations of sign stealing – are looking to shed their wage bill and move below the $208million luxury-tax threshold.

Boston failed to defend their title in 2019 after missing out on the playoffs, while the Dodgers lost to eventual champions the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

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