Red Sox's Chris Sale Says He 'Acted Like an Idiot' During Rehab Start Meltdown

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2022

Worcester, MA - July 5: Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale made a rehab start for the WooSox against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and is pictured her walking off he field after he was taken out during the fourth inning at Polar Park in Worcester, MA. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Boston Red Sox star Chris Sale apologized for his outburst in the clubhouse tunnel following his rehab start for the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox on Wednesday.

Sale told reporters he had a "seven-year-old temper tantrum" and said he was "an idiot" during the meltdown.

Marly Rivera @MarlyRiveraESPN

Chris Sale addresses what he called his “temper tantrum” yesterday; said the team has a really nice present coming. <a href="https://t.co/9tBkoapVFV">pic.twitter.com/9tBkoapVFV</a>

Marly Rivera @MarlyRiveraESPN

Here’s more Chris Sale pregame, addressing pitching and what he called his “7-year-old temper tantrum” after his rehab start. <a href="https://t.co/7jY4sbNrdZ">pic.twitter.com/7jY4sbNrdZ</a>

The seven-time All-Star logged 3.2 innings of work in Worcester's 4-2 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He allowed five walks, three hits and one unearned run while striking out five batters.

After exiting, Sale was visibly frustrated in the tunnel.

B/R Walk-Off @BRWalkoff

It appears that Chris Sale was not happy with his rehab start performance tonight 😳<br><br>(h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/AlyshaNBCBoston?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlyshaNBCBoston</a>) <a href="https://t.co/3xbfg4vxVR">pic.twitter.com/3xbfg4vxVR</a>

The southpaw has yet to make his 2022 debut for Boston. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2020, which left him out for the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

While Sale returned to the mound in August 2021, he suffered a stress fracture in his rib cage in March, which left him unavailable for another extended spell.