Honest question: Can the season be over before it actually starts?

Opening day for the Boston Red Sox is still weeks away, but things continue to unravel before a single pitch is thrown. Speaking of pitches, there's a chance Sox ace Chris Sale won't be throwing any of them. According to NBC Sports Boston, Sale has a sore elbow. The plan of action for the Red Sox is to send him for an MRI. From there, the images will be forward on to Dr. James Andrews. Manager Ron Roenicke told the press that he’s “concerned” but doesn’t have more information right now.

Sale has already had issues, and wasn't expected to start the season. However, that was reportedly due to pneumonia, and he was simply 'a few weeks behind in his preparation,' according to NBC Sports Boston. Sale last pitched August 13 when he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts over 6.2 innings against the Indians.

Widespread speculation has Sale needing Tommy John surgery, which would have him sidelined for the season.

The 2021 season is just 56 weeks away.