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Chris Sale admitted to hospital due to stomach illness

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Per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox announced that starter Chris Sale was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday due to a stomach illness. He is being kept overnight for observation.

Sale, 29, started Game 1 of the ALCS for the Red Sox against the Astros on Saturday. He lasted four innings, relenting a pair of runs on one hit and four walks with five strikeouts. It isn’t clear if Sale began experiencing symptoms during last night’s start or if they began on Tuesday.

Assuming he doesn’t get pushed back in the rotation, Sale would be on target to start Game 5 of the ALCS (if necessary), which would take place on Thursday in Houston.

Reds, Raisel Iglesias agree to three-year contract

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The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club and pitcher Raisel Iglesias agreed to a three-year contract. Iglesias had been on a seven-year, $27 million contract signed in June 2014 and had two years with $10 million remaining. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the new contract is worth $24.125 million, so it’s a hefty pay raise for Iglesias.

Iglesias, who turns 29 years old in January, has gotten better every season pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. In 2018, he posted a 2.38 ERA with 30 saves and an 80/25 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. Over his four-year career, the right-hander has 64 saves with a 2.97 ERA and a 359/106 K/BB ratio in 321 2/3 innings.

Iglesias gets little fanfare pitching for the Reds, fifth-place finishers in each of his four years, but he is certainly among baseball’s better relievers. Signing him to a new three-year deal gives them some certainty at the back of the bullpen in the near future.

There was a bit of confusion regarding his previous contract, which allowed him to opt out and file for arbitration if eligible. Iglesias has three years and 154 days of service time, so his new contract essentially covers his arbitration-eligible years.