BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Monday, his 31st birthday. The team said it was successful. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would bring him back in the middle of the 2021 season. Sale missed the start of spring training with an illness that the team described as a flu that morphed into pneumonia. The Red Sox then said he had a flexor strain, but the team had hoped he would avoid ligament replacement surgery.

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