Sale not ready to pitch for Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS



<pBoston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was still feeling weak Wednesday and won't start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

<pSale threw in the outfield for 10-15 minutes before Game 4 in Houston, but manager Alex Cora said he didn't throw a bullpen session as planned. David Price will start Thursday instead.

<pCora said the lanky lefty ace was still feeling weak and had lost some weight because of a stomach illness that forced him to spend a night in a hospital after he started the ALCS opener against the Astros.

<p"He's feeling better compared to yesterday, but physically he's not there yet," Cora said before Game 4. "So I think if necessary he'll pitch Game 6. He feels that he'll be ready for that one. And we'll go from there."

<pThe Red Sox got an 8-6 win in Game 4 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6, if necessary, would be Saturday night in Boston.

<pDave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball<pCorda said there's "no chance" Sale will pitch in any situation in Game 5.

<pSale did not speak to reporters Wednesday.

<pCora said earlier this week that Sale started feeling ill right after Game 1 and went to a hospital early Sunday morning.

<pSale was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital after remaining there overnight for observation. He rejoined the team Tuesday in Houston before Game 3.

<pThe club hasn't specified Sale's ailment or treatment, though Cora has said it was nothing serious.

<pSale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 home loss to the Astros on Saturday night. He allowed two runs, four walks and hit a batter in four innings.

<pThe lefty made just one start between July 27 and Sept. 11 because of mild left shoulder inflammation, then made four starts during the rest of the regular season. He beat the Yankees in the Division Series opener and pitched one inning of relief in Game 4 as the Red Sox won the best-of-five series.


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