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Red Sox ace Chris Sale will undergoing Tommy John surgery

We still don’t know when the season will begin for the Boston Red Sox but we know that it’s already over for lefty Chris Sale.

The club announced on Thursday that their ace will undergo the dreaded Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The recovery period for this procedure can take a year, if not longer, ensuring that we won’t see Sale on the mound until 2021.

Sale missed the final six weeks of last season with elbow inflammation. After consulting with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, it was determined that surgery wasn’t the best course of action at the time.