Boston Red Sox sign another pitcher with Chris Sale down; Tigers, Brewers win spring training games

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, right, talks with umpire Jerry Layne after a mound visit during a spring training game against the New York Yankees on Thursday in Lakeland, Fla. (AP photo)

By The Associated Press
Chris Sale tried to make the best of the latest diagnosis on his left elbow. The Boston Red Sox star won’t need Tommy John surgery — for now, anyway.
Sale felt discomfort Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring training. He had an MRI that was reviewed by team physicians and Drs. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, showing a flexor strain near his elbow.
“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Sale said. “There’s optimism to be had, and I’m thankful for that. But I know the situation we’re in right now and it’s not fun. … This is about as tough situation as I’ve ever been in. “
Sale is 109-73 in 10 major league seasons is entering the second season of a $160 million, six-year contract. After helping the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, he went 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts last year.
“Over the last year and up to this point, I’ve done nothing but fall flat on my face,” Sale said. “So it’s a gut punch. It’s a tough realization, but I’ve said it time and time again, I have no time to hang my head or sit in a corner and pout. I’ve got work to do and I’ve got an uphill battle to climb, but I got my climbing shoes on.”
Sale’s 2019 season was cut short after he gave up five runs over 6 2/3 innings in a win at Cleveland on Aug. 13.
Sale already had been slated to start the season on the injured list after reporting to camp with pneumonia, setting him behind schedule.
“Tommy John’s been a factor in my life for 20 years now,” Sale said. “So, obviously, with these things happening it’s on the table, but it’s always been on the table.”
In the meantime, the Red Sox reached agreement with pitcher Collin McHugh on a $600,000, one-year contract.
McHugh, however, he is recovering from a flexor injury in his right arm and is not expected to be ready for opening day. He has not yet started a throwing program.
Elsewhere around the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues:

Tigers 15, Yankees 11
New York ace Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit’s Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, then did it again in the second. Cole did not surrender back-to-back home runs last season, and the last player to homer twice in the same game against him was Lucas Duda in 2017.
Kyle Higashioka homered twice for New York.

Brewers 6, Reds 4
Freddy Peralta walked three and allowed three runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings. Jesus Castillo worked two perfect innings of relief for Milwaukee.
Luis Castillo struck out five over three innings for

Cincinnati. Kyle Farmer homered and Mike Moustakas doubled.

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