HOUSTON >> The Boston Red Sox were still unsure today when lefty ace Chris Sale would be available to pitch again.
Speaking before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, Boston manager Alex Cora said Sale was still on his way to the ballpark and would go to the training room when he arrived. The manager also said Sale might throw a bullpen session, possibly during the game against the Houston Astros.
“I haven’t talked to him today, so I don’t know how he feels, if he feels weak or whatever. But we’ll know,” Cora said.
Sale, the potential Red Sox starter for Game 5 on Thursday night, was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation for what the team has called a stomach illness.
“First and foremost, we care about his health and how he’s doing. Once we found out he was doing OK, we just wait until he gets back and talk to him,” said Rick Porcello, the Red Sox starter for Game 4. “None of us really know what happened.”
The team hasn’t specified the ailment or treatment. Cora said Sale started feeling ill and throwing up after starting the series opener Saturday night at Fenway Park, then went to the hospital early Sunday morning. The manager said it was nothing serious.