The Red Sox placed left-hander Chris Sale on the 60-day injured list, as per a team press release. Sale underwent Tommy John surgery in March and will miss the entire 2020 season.
Sale’s IL placement was inevitable given the nature of his injury, though as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe puts it, the “odd timing suggests [the Sox] may have a need for the 40-man spot” that now becomes available with Sale on the injured list. Boston’s 40-man was full prior to the Sale transaction, so the club now has some flexibility with an open spot.
Jonathan Lucroy could be a possibility for that spot, as MLB.com’s Ian Browne reported earlier today that the Red Sox were working on a restructured version of the veteran catcher’s minor league deal, which is why Lucroy wasn’t on Boston’s initial 60-man player pool for training camp. With teams expected to carry three catchers on their expanded MLB rosters, the Sox could choose to keep Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki as Christian Vazquez’s backups, which would require a purchase of Lucroy’s minors deal.
Marco Hernandez, Yairo Munoz, and Brian Johnson are some of the other notable non-roster players in the player pool, so Boston could be considering selecting one of their contracts as well. Or, the Red Sox could be keeping a 40-man spot available should another player come available over the next few weeks.