David Price would have to pitch on short rest, or Eduardo Rodriguez could start, though he hasn't thrown more than 44 pitches since September 20.
That, he insisted, is all he ever cared about.
"I'm exhausted of giving up runs, but it was good to get the win", Kimbrel said on Sunday. "This isn't about me".
If Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was trying to get under Nathan Eovaldi's skin when he posted an Instagram story featuring the Boston Red Sox pitcher, it may not have resulted in the expected outcome.
Though they lost Game 2 by a 7-5 score back at Fenway, it was an example of the never-over-til-it's-over drive that fuels this team.
With Price one out away from being eligible for the win, it seemed a cold-hearted move, but absolutely the right one.
Price's teams had been 0-10 in postseason games he started entering Game 2 of the ALCS, with the lefty getting tagged with the loss in nine of those starts.More news: Usain Bolt surprised with drug test notice in Australia
Postseason baseball is filled with great moments. I'll start. I'll come out of the 'pen.
But with a team as good as the one he oversees - a team that's deep, accomplished and bursting with confidence - it's hard for Hinch to understate the strengths of the defending World Series champions. "And that's what I'm about".
Game 3 of the ALCS is scheduled for Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, in Houston. Sale struck out five and allowed just two earned runs, but the Red Sox wound up losing 7-2.
But at least we have a reason to feel better about Price, and a reason to feel a whole lot better about the Boston bullpen.
It could perhaps explain some of Sale's struggles in the start, too, as he walked four batters and surrendered two runs over four innings and didn't look anything like himself throughout the brief appearance. After putting two on with two out in the fifth, Alex Cora gave Price the hook with a 5-4 lead, and brought Matt Barnes in to face Marwin Gonzalez.
"I came here to win a World Series and to do it multiple times.", said Price. "When I got to the ballpark [Sunday], they told me he was there".
Games 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven series will also be played at the Juice Box before the series returns to Boston for Games 6 and 7. As the ball bounced back toward the infield, it hopped on the padding along the side wall, just out of Gonzalez's reach.More news: Klein Called Cops on 9-Year-Old for Sexual Assault
"Obviously, there's fun banter, " Hinch said (via USA Today). "It's a well-placed hit". "But you put yourself in that position". Betts added an RBI double in the eighth off Hector Rondon.
If the Red Sox win: If they win a Price postseason start and simultaneously tie up the series?
"That was definitely appreciated", Price said. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have tonight". But our offense, our defense - we rallied together.
Cora said Sale started feeling sick shortly after his start in Game1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.
"I knew I missed it", Bregman said.
Cora said the ailment didn't affect Sale's effort in the series opener. He began vomiting and went to the hospital early Sunday morning, according to the skipper.
Houston's George Springer extended his postseason hitting streak to 11 games with two hits, including a two-run double. He topped out at 96 miles per hour on the Fenway Park radar gun and made a mess in the second inning by walking two men and hitting a batter.More news: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Expecting First Baby