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Source: Martinez's immediate readiness to play not in question; medical experts involved

Source: Martinez's immediate readiness to play not in question; medical experts involved

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox are indeed sorting through a medical matter, but one that a baseball source with knowledge of the situation said would not have any effect on Martinez in the immediate future. It's unclear what the specific issue is, but a better understanding between the parties could come as early as Saturday.

"I imagine that today is a day that we could have some definition," the source said.

Martinez can opt out over two years, in which he would make as much as $50 million, per the originally agreed upon deal. Naturally, a priority for the Red Sox is to be sure that any potentially latent issue would remain just that, latent, for not only two years but the potential five years of the deal.

Additional medical experts have been involved as the Red Sox and Martinez sort out the issue, including experts consulted on agent Scott Boras' referral, not only the team's. The process was described as thorough and cooperative.

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Breakfast Pod: Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery

Breakfast Pod: Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery

Chris Sale isn't getting Tommy John surgery, but he is likely out for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, the Patriots are making some decisions on key roster battles. And who are they going to cut to create their 53-man roster?

1:02 - Lou Merloni and John Tomase join Danielle Trotta to discuss Chris Sale. He is expected to miss the rest of the season due to elbow inflammation, what does this mean for his contract, and his abilities next year?

8:16 - The Patriots cut veteran punter Ryan Allen and will roll with rookie fifth-round pick Jake Bailey at the position. Phil Perry, Kyle Draper and Tom Giles discuss why the move was made.

10:46 - Phil Perry details his picks for the Patriots 53-man roster and some of the difficult cuts the team will have to make in the coming weeks.

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Red Sox LHP Chris Sale will not need Tommy John surgery

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Red Sox LHP Chris Sale will not need Tommy John surgery

Chris Sale and the Red Sox can breathe a sigh of relief as the left-hander received encouraging news regarding his elbow injury on Monday.

After getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, it was confirmed Sale has elbow inflammation but will not need Tommy John surgery, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

In their official statement on the matter, the Red Sox said Sale received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Although a return to the mound in 2019 doesn't appear likely for Sale, this is phenomenal news for the Red Sox considering they signed their ace to a five-year, $145 million contract extension before the season.

Sale is in the midst of the worst statistical season of his career, posting a 6-11 record and 4.40 ERA in 25 starts. Still, it'll be even tougher for Boston to sneak into the postseason without Sale in the rotation as it currently sits 6.5 games behind in the American League wild-card race.

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