Making his first start at Yankee Stadium in nearly three years, Red Sox’s pitcher Chris Sale had to leave in the first inning with a gnarly finger injury.
Facing Yankee left fielder Aaron Hicks, with his team already down 2-0, Sale took a line drive off his bare hand that badly mangled his left pinky finger.
As the ball scooted all the way into the outfield, allowing another run to score, Sale immediately gestured to his dugout that something was wrong. Making the throat slash gesture, a universal sign for “I’m done,” Sale trudged into the Red Sox’s clubhouse for more examination. He was helped off the field by a member of the Red Sox medical staff and manager Alex Cora.
It was later announced as a broken left pinky figure.
While an injury to the pitching hand is never what a pitcher wants, Sale’s instinctual reaction may have prevented him from getting hit in the face or head. The ball came off Hicks’ bat at 106.7 miles per hour.
Sale, a 12-year MLB veteran, seven-time All-Star, and 2018 World Series champion with Boston, was making just his second start of the year after a rib injury held him out for the season’s first three months.