After a trip to the hospital that left many Sox fans worried, Chris Sale is healthy and ready to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers, according to manager Alex Cora.
Alex Cora #RedSox notes:— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) October 21, 2018
- Sale starts Game 1
- Calls Dave Roberts 'a hero in this city'
- In Spanish, says the Dodgers are very significant to him. Debuted with them in 1998
- Calls Dodgers 'a complete team'
- Said it was 'a fun atmosphere' in L.A. for the 2017 #WorldSeries
Cora also gave a nod to Sale's explanation for his ailment, laughing as he discussed that the extra days off will allow Sale's belly button to fully heal.
Alex Cora said smirking about Chris Sale: "He gets a few more off days so he can take care of his belly button."— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) October 21, 2018
How is the belly button?
"I stay away from it," Cora said.
Whether or not Sale's explanation of a belly button ring infection is true, Sale's teammates and fans are relieved that he's recovered and ready to go.
After an uncharacteristic start in Game 1 of the ALCS that resulted in four walks and two earned runs in only four innings pitched, Sale was admitted to a hospital in Boston and was scratched from his Game 5 start.
Fortunately, his teammates picked up the slack while he was gone, and David Price pitched his best postseason game of his career en route to a series-winning victory in Houston.
The Red Sox will need all hands on deck against an extremely talented Dodgers squad. Now, with their ace raring to go, they're healthy and ready to battle for a championship.