It will be an eventful day off for the Red Sox on Monday with Chris Sale scheduled to travel to Gulf Breeze, Fla., to have his sore left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Red Sox head athletic trainer Brad Pearson will join Sale on the trip. The fear is Sale tore a ligament during his last start and will need Tommy John surgery.
Sale has not been available to reporters since the Sox placed him on the injured list on Saturday.
“He just wants to make sure he has all the facts before he talks to [the media],” manager Alex Cora said before a 13-7 victory against Baltimore on Sunday. “He wants to see where we’re at with it and all the opinions and go from there.”
Sale was injured in his start against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
The Sox have not named a starter in Sale’s place for Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. They also will need a starter for Sunday’s game in San Diego against the Padres.
Lefthander Brian Johnson is a candidate for Tuesday, or the Sox could try a pitcher from the minors. That Johnson was not used this weekend suggests it could be him.
David Price, who is on the injured list with inflammation in his wrist, is scheduled for a bullpen session on Tuesday. He is a possibility to start next Sunday at San Diego.
Price threw 30 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.
Sale is 6-11 with a 4.40 earned run average in 25 starts. The seven-time All-Star is 35-23 with a 3.08 ERA in three seasons with the Sox.
Bullpen chips in
Six relievers held the Orioles to one earned run over seven innings after Nate Eovaldi allowed five runs over the first two.
Darwinzon Hernandez, Ryan Brasier, Josh Taylor, Marcus Walden, Andrew Cashner, and Travis Lakins combined to allow only six hits and struck out nine.
Brasier struck out two in the fourth inning. It was his first game in the majors since July 15.
Cashner allowed a single in the seventh, then started an inning-ending double play. He has pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four without a walk since coming out of the rotation. The Sox seem inclined to keep him in the bullpen as a result.
Sox relievers have allowed five earned runs over 31⅔ innings in the last seven games.
Fan connects with Davis
Henry Frasca, a 9-year-old Red Sox fan from Sudbury, was on the field with the Orioles for batting practice on Saturday, a guest of Chris Davis.
In April, Henry wrote Davis a letter wishing him well in breaking an 0-for-54 slump.
“How many hits you get has nothing to do with how good a person you are,” Henry wrote. “You weren’t a better person when you were hitting more home runs. You aren’t a worse person now.”
Henry, the son of noted chef Gabriel Frasca, was able to give the letter to an Orioles staffer at Fenway on April 13 and it found its way to Davis, who was touched by the sentiment.
With the letter in the back pocket of his uniform pants, Davis went 3 for 5 with two doubles that day to break the slump. He has since kept the letter in his Bible.
“Kind of made me step back and take a look at the bigger picture,” Davis told the Baltimore Sun. “Just knowing that he was keen enough to pick that up and bold enough to say something about it, it meant a lot to me.
“He’s definitely a lot sharper than I was when I was 9 years old. He’s probably sharper than I am right now.”
The Orioles invited Henry to the game on Saturday, and had him in the dugout and on the field before the game. He caught a fly ball in BP and signed his name inside the Green Monster.
Sunday was the first time this season the Sox came back from a six-run deficit. It also was the first time since 2007 the Sox won a game by six runs after trailing by six runs. That was in a 16-10 victory against the Rays . . . The Sox are 11-5 against the Orioles this season and have averaged 6.3 runs . . . The Sox have homered in 11 consecutive games, hitting 21 in that stretch . . . Orioles catcher Chance Sisco had a rough sixth inning. He was knocked down by Sam Travis while reaching across the plate for an errant throw, but stayed in the game after being attended to by a trainer. Four batters later, Sisco was struck in the groin by a foul ball off the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Cisco collapsed and was replaced by Pedro Severino.