James Shields Passed a Kidney Stone during the ALCS


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If anyone was wondering why James Shields didn't start Game 4 of the ALCS, he had a pretty good reason: he was passing a kidney stone. The Royals ace, who will take the mound for the World Series opener, felt severe pain during the ALCS and discovered the source after a CT scan. Shields said he would've pitched in Game 4 if called upon but noted that he was in "excruciating pain." Thankfully, he's good and healthy for the Fall Classic, as outlined by Andy McCullough in the Kansas City Star.

Being available to play despite a kidney stone is pretty courageous, but then again, the Postseason is all about gutsy play.