Sale to rejoin Red Sox rotation for ALCS
"He's still in the rotation. He's going to be a big part of what we're trying to accomplish," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, according to Alex Reimer of WEEI.
"He was probably going to come in with a lead in the ninth (in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays), because the way they were set up with lefties, there were a lot of good matchups for him. He's ready, he's great. He's part of the rotation."
After surrendering five runs in one inning of work in Game 2 against the Rays, Sale was demoted to the bullpen. However, the left-hander never made another appearance in the series, which the Red Sox won in four games.
The 32-year-old returned from Tommy John surgery this season, authoring a 3.16 ERA and 3.69 FIP over 42 2/3 innings down the stretch for the second-place Red Sox. It's unclear where the seven-time All-Star will factor into the playoff rotation, but it'll likely be alongside Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Nick Pivetta in some order.