Chicago White Sox fans were gearing up for a prominent pitching matchup on Sunday, but they'll be disappointed in the news that broke early Friday morning out of Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will be without left-hander Chris Sale after he tested positive for COVID-19 just two days before his scheduled start against his former club.
Sale made his long-awaited return in Boston after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2020. Thus far, Sale holds a record of 3-0 in five starts with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings. He has 30 strikeouts and just six walks since returning to the mound.
During his seven-year stint with the White Sox, the now 32-year-old lefty threw 1,110 innings and held a record of 74-50. He added an ERA of 3.00 while striking out over 1,200 batters. Sale's relationship with the South Side ended when the White Sox traded him to Boston in December of 2016 for Victor Diaz, Luis Alexander Basabe, Michael Kopech, and Yoan Moncada.
White Sox fans were looking forward to a Sale appearance at Guaranteed Rate Field opposite of Lance Lynn, but Sale's first hiccup after his return will negate that matchup. Boston is a team trying to get back in the swing of things after dropping out of first place and into Wild Card contention, so it should be an exciting weekend series at 35th/Shields nonetheless.