Red Sox pitching ace Chris Sale was discharged from the hospital on Monday after being admitted early Sunday due to a stomach ailment. The lefthander is expected to join the team on Tuesday in Houston.
Sale’s status for the remainder of Boston’s American League Championship Series against the Astros is uncertain.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the coaches and trainers would see how Sale feels physically and at that time, decide what will be done.
Sale was the starter in Saturday’s Game 1 against Houston, but he lasted just four innings. Cora said his ace was taken to the hospital following the game at 2 a.m.
Cora added that Sale became ill immediately following the game. Sale started vomiting and decided to go to the hospital.
Cora was told by the doctors at the hospital that Sale’s condition was nothing serious and that the pitcher underwent several tests.
Boston split its four-game series (May 30-June 3) at Minute Maid Park against Houston. It was at that time that Cora, a former Astros bench coach, received his ring for the World Series.
Cora said at that time mixed emotions existed but have since vanished. Cora called the Houston organization great and that he has several friends there, but they want exactly what he wants and in May it was the regular season and now it’s the postseason.
With southpaw Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros in Tuesday’s Game 3, Cora is planning to have third baseman Eduardo Nunez back in the lineup despite the two hits by Rafael Devers in Game 2.
Cora added that he is planning to have Ian Kinsler as the starter at second base and will continue with Christian Vazquez at catcher.
For Brock Holt, returning to Houston is a sort of homecoming as he played a season at Rice University. Holt said he has plenty of friends around the area and is pleased to return and play in Houston with the Red Sox.
He added that he loves playing in Houston because his family and friends are able to come out to see him play. Holt has a .339 batting average with an OPS of .878 in 16 games during the regular season played at Minute Maid Park.