The Boston Red Sox are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, winners of eight of their last 10 games. Amid the club's resurgence and climb back into the AL East hunt, the team was given a huge update in regards to Chris Sale's injury recovery. Sale, who has yet to pitch this season as he deals with a ribs injury, has begun throwing bullpen sessions in Fort Myers, Florida. According to Chris Cotillo, Sale's fastball reached as high as 96 MPH during Monday's bullpen, a great sign that he's making solid progress in his recovery.

The Red Sox were reportedly encouraged by what they saw from Sale on Monday, as the left-hander showcased some of his old fastball velocity during the session. Injuries have plagued Sale throughout the past few years, resulting in the 33-year-old making just nine appearances since the start of the 2020 campaign. Sale missed all of 2020 and managed nine starts in 2021, in which he recorded a 3.16 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 42.2 innings, registering a 5-1 record.

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The southpaw was expected to be good to go for 2022 until he sustained a ribs injury during spring training. After being placed on the 60-day IL, Sale experienced a setback in his recovery in May, further delaying his return to the Red Sox.

It seems he's back on track now, however, and the positive updates from his bullpen session will have Red Sox fans fired up. With Nathan Eovaldi getting shelved due to back inflammation, the encouraging news on Sale is exactly what fans in Boston needed.