Chris Sale jokingly blames belly button ring for ALCS hospitalization
Chris Sale pulled a fast one on the media this weekend.
On Saturday, Sale blamed a belly button ring for causing irritation and putting him in the hospital, subsequently keeping him from starting Game 5 of the ALCS.
Chris Sale says he’s feeling better.
Asked what caused the stomach illness, he said, “I had irritation from a belly button ring. Constantly taking it in and out caused irritation. Doctors and nurses at MGH were awesome. Things happen. You handle them. And keep moving forward.”
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) October 20, 2018
Sale did not appear to be joking when he said this, though he later told a teammate he would try to pull a huge practical joke.
The Red Sox had chalked Sale’s absence up to a “stomach illness.”
He’s apparently good to go for Game 1 of the World Series, and we assume the team will ask him to stay away from belly button rings until the season is over, at the very least.