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Chris Sale pushed back to Game 6 as he recovers from stomach ailment that has left him weakened

John Tomase
October 17, 2018 - 7:10 pm

Chris Sale remains too weak in the wake of a stomach ailment to start Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Houston, so he'll be pushed back to Game 6 in Boston.

The Red Sox might not need a starter for that game if they can win the next two in Houston and take the series in five games. But either way, Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that he's moving on from his plan of Sale starting Game 5.

“Yeah, he’s not going to throw a bullpen today, probably tomorrow,” Cora said. “He feels weak. He actually lost weight, which is hard to believe. We talked about it, he said he needed an extra day -- obviously two. He’ll pitch Game 6.”

Sale delivered a strange outing in Game 2, walking four in only four innings while struggling to stay anywhere near the strike zone.

Once he spent a night at Mass. General because of stomach issues, his availability for Game 5 seemed remote.

“He came in like no way I can do it tomorrow,” Cora said. “I was like, oh I knew that. Like, it wasn't something I was planning on doing anyways because like I said, it's more about the individual than actually the team. I'm not going to throw him out there when he's weak and he can't compete at the level he wants and we want him to go. So, it'll be good for him to get the next two days and go get the ball in Game 6 if necessary."