<pChris Sale is back with the Boston Red Sox and says he feels well enough to pitch. Whether he'll start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series remains to be seen.
<pSale returned to the team Tuesday in Houston after being hospitalized for a stomach illness. The club hasn't specified the ailment or treatment, though manager Alex Cora said it was nothing serious.
<p"This is what he said: 'I'm good enough,'" Cora said Tuesday night after the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 8-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
<pCora said before the game that Sale, the potential starter Thursday night, might throw a bullpen during Game 3. That didn't happen, but the lefty ace is expected to work off a mound Wednesday before Game 4.
<p"He'll go out there tomorrow. And then we'll go from there," Cora said.
<pWhen players for both teams were introduced before the first series game in Houston, Sale lined up with the Red Sox along the third-base line. The seven-time All-Star started the series opener but missed Game 2 and didn't travel with the team after being hospitalized.
<pAfter Tuesday's game, Sale was among the first players to leave after the clubhouse was opened to the media. He was carrying a half-finished bottle of orange Pedialyte as he walked out without stopping to talk.
<pSale was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation for what the team has called a stomach illness.
<p"First and foremost, we care about his health<pCora said Sale began feeling ill and vomiting after starting the series opener Saturday night at Fenway Park, then went to the hospital early Sunday morning.
<p"He's a great teammate," said Steve Pearce, who hit the go-ahead homer Tuesday. "He has a presence about him when he's in the clubhouse, and he fires everybody up. We just want him to get better and get back out there."
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