The Boston Red Sox have had a less than ideal start to their preparations for the 2020 season. The team traded Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers, acquisition Alex Verdugo is dealing with a concerning back issue, and Dustin Pedroia suffered a setback while rehabbing his knee.
Not to mention, ace Chris Sale is dealing with pneumonia. It's so bad that the former Cy Young winner's Opening Day status is in question.
While speaking with the media on Sunday, Sale revealed that he lost 6-7 pounds after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He's counteracted the illness by eating ribs for four days.
That's a way to put the weight back on, for sure.
Even though it appears Sale has weathered the storm, the Red Sox are going to take their time with their star left-handed pitcher. Interim manager Ron Roenicke stressed that expediting the process just to get him ready for Opening Day isn't feasible in the long run.
Considering that Sale had an uneventful 2019 campaign due to an elbow injury, you can't blame the Red Sox for taking it easy.
If you're ever in the unfortunate situation of contracting this illness, eating ribs is a surefire way to regaining those lost pounds.