The Boston Red Sox own a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Astros in the 2018 ALCS, but their chances at winning the pennant in five games may have taken a hit based on the latest injury update to star pitcher Chris Sale.
According to ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney, Chris Sale will not pitch for the Red Sox in Game 5, and that the earliest he might return to the lineup would be Game 6.
Sale started Game 1 of the series but was pulled after four innings.
The following day, he was hospitalized for a stomach illness - though the illness is not believed to have contributed to his performance in game against Houston.
The Red Sox wound up losing the game 7-2, with Sale's replacements giving up four runs in the ninth inning.
However, the Red Sox were able to recover, winning Game 2 at Fenway Park and Game 3 at Minute Maid Park to take the lead in the series.
Nonetheless, Sale's potential absence in Game 5 could require the Red Sox to speed up the rotation.