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Red Sox Announce Chris Sale Is Heading To The DL

Overall view of Fenway Park during a game between between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 5: Overall view of Fenway Park during a game between between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park May 5, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Chris Sale has arguably been the best starting pitcher in baseball over the last month or so, but the Boston Red Sox ace received some bad news this evening. He's heading to the disabled list.

In a surprising move, the Red Sox announced this evening that Sale is heading to the 10-day DL. He has shoulder inflammation.

"The Red Sox have placed Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation," MLB.com's Mark Feinsand tweeted.

Red Sox fans are, unsurprisingly, freaking out a little bit.

Sale, 29, is in line for the American League Cy Young award. He has a 2.04 ERA and is 11-4 on the season.

The Red Sox can afford to be very careful with Sale moving forward. Boston is the best team in the entire league and has a pretty nice cushion when it comes to making the playoffs.

MLB insider Bob Nightengale says the Red Sox are rightfully using caution with him.

"The Boston Red Sox, exercising caution, place LHP Chris Sale on the disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation. Brandon Workman was recalled," he tweeted.

Sale, as long as this is nothing serious, should have plenty of time to get ready for October. More information on his injury should be released in the coming hours.

The Red Sox are set to take on the Phillies tonight. Stay tuned for more updates.