Chris Sale 'Should Be Fine' After Hospitalization for Illness, Alex Cora Says

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2018

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13:  Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the first inning against the Houston Astros in Game One of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters Monday that ace starter Chris Sale was hospitalized with a stomach illness but added that Sale is expected to be fine.

"He was feeling bad and he's at the hospital," Cora said. "From what I know it's nothing serious, but whenever you have to go to the hospital you have to be, quote-unquote, worried. He should be fine; hopefully we get news in the upcoming hours and he'll join us in Houston."

The Red Sox also released a statement regarding Sale's illness Sunday night: 

Boston Red Sox @RedSox

#RedSox LHP Chris Sale reported a stomach illness today and was admitted to MGH for observation this afternoon. He will be kept overnight for evaluation and any further updates will be released when available.

The 29-year-old was Boston's ace once again in 2018, going 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in 158 innings. He struggled in Boston's Game 1 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night, however, giving up two runs on one hit and four walks while throwing 86 pitches in just four innings before being pulled.

But Cora told reporters that Sale wasn't affected by the illness Saturday, noting that he began feeling sick at some point after his Game 1 appearance.

The next three games will be played in Houston, with Game 3 on Tuesday, Game 4 on Wednesday and Game 5 on Thursday. Nathan Eovaldi will get the Game 3 start for Boston, with Sale likely to start Game 5 for the Red Sox.