Sale hospitalized with stomach illness

Ace doesn't travel with team to Houston, but Sox hopeful he'll make Game 5 start

October 15th, 2018

BOSTON -- Red Sox ace Chris Sale was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital with a stomach illness on Sunday, and he didn't travel with the team to Houston, where the American League Championship Series against the Astros will resume on Tuesday.

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Sale is next scheduled to pitch in Game 5 on Thursday at Minute Maid Park, and Boston is hopeful he will stay on turn to make that start.

"He was feeling bad and he's at the hospital," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora after his team's 7-5 win in Game 2 evened the series.

"From what I know, it's nothing serious, but obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital, you've got to be 'worried.' But he should be fine. Hopefully, we get news in the upcoming hours and he'll join us in Houston."

Though Sale hardly looked like himself in Game 1, walking four and throwing 86 pitches in four innings of two-run ball, Cora said it was unrelated to his health.

"No, no, he started feeling bad after the game," Cora said.