Boston Red Sox aims at ace lefty Chris Sale to return to the height of Wednesday against Blue Jays in Toronto, says Alex Cora boss before Thursday night's opener to the New York Yankees.
"We're shooting for the second day in Toronto," told Cora reporters. "He will go through the progression".
Bombers went to the deadline, but if they did not hit Boston in the next four days, the AL East race could soon be over.
Sales were placed on the function list Tuesday with what the team called lower left shoulder inflammation. He was scheduled to throw thursday against Yankees, but Brian Johnson started his place.
Third baseman Rafael Devers (left hamster load) took batting on Thursday at Fenway Park and hope to return Wednesday. As with the sale, it would be the first day that he is entitled to return from DL.
Lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who destroyed his ankle last month, will throw in the bullet for the first time on Sunday.