Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale was released from a Boston-area hospital Monday morning just one day after being admitted because of a stomach illness. He will rejoin the team Tuesday.
But in what capacity? Well, that remains uncertain. Manager Alex Cora hasn’t decided the pitcher’s fate just yet. But he’s feeling optimistic about his ace returning during the important series.
“We need him to get here first and then see how he feels,” Cora told ESPN’s Coley Harvey on Monday. “It’s more than the Red Sox. It’s about the individual. Everything I heard, he should be fine, and it’s a matter of him to show up and we’ll talk to him and see how he feels physically and go from there.”
Alex Cora said Chris Sale’s trip to the hospital for a stomach ailment was “nothing serious” from what he understood, and he hopes he joins the team in Houston after staying overnight.
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The Red Sox pitcher was admitted Sunday afternoon to Massachusetts General Hospital after experiencing the stomach illness. He was kept overnight for observation. Sale was admitted to the hospital — and ill — not long after his ALCS start Saturday night. He would pitch in the series opener, which started at Fenway. But he would last only four innings, allowing two hits and four walks in a game that Houston won 7-2.
Cora said the illness had nothing to do with Sale’s performance on Saturday night. And, that his symptoms weren’t discovered until early Sunday morning. Sale later decided to go to the hospital (after throwing up). Cora said he found out when he got to Fenway Sunday that his ace was not with the team.
The Red Sox manager reassured everyone that Sale’s condition was nothing serious even if it appeared so. Especially with the timing of his ailment popping up during a playoff series. Now, the hard-throwing hurler probably wouldn’t pitch until Game 5 at this point. And even though the Red Sox could technically replace Sale on the roster, that means he’d be unavailable for the World Series going forward — if the team chose that route.
The Red Sox and Astros will return to action tomorrow (Oct. 16) in Houston. Game 3 begins at 5:00 p.m. EST on TBS. Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for Boston while Dallas Keuchel takes the bump for Houston.