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McAdam: Chris Sale is intent on forgetting – his injuries, the Astros’ sign-stealing — as new season dawns

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Chris Sale isn't one to dwell.

In the mind of the Red Sox' ace lefty, what's done is done. So he sees little value in rehashing his disastrous playoff debut against the Houston Astros in 2017 and wondering if the Astros' illicitly stole signs to beat him in Game 1 of the Division Series.

Nor is Sale interesting in rehashing and re-examining his 2019 season -- the first half of which was marked by inconsistency, while the latter half was derailed by an elbow scare. What's done is done.

And finally, he is philosophical about the combination of the flu and mild pneumonia that has limited him the last two weeks and thrown off his spring training timetable almost before it began.

"What are you gonna do?' shrugged Sale. "You deal with it and you move on. Whatever the next step is, that's what we go with.''

That response came as Sale was asked about his own health. But really, it could have served as his answer to almost every question posed to him over a wide-ranging 30-minute interview with reporters, his first public statements since last August.

He would like to forget