Chris Sale made his 2019 spring training debut vs. the Braves on Saturday and he pitched like he was in midseason form despite his fastball maxing out at only 93 mph.

The lefty struck out seven in 4 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and no walks. The Red Sox won 6-1 over Atlanta at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Sale threw some additional pitches in the bullpen after his start.

Manager Alex Cora told the media, via MLB.com’s Ian Browne, he plans to announce his Opening Day starter today. Sale remains the most likely candidate. But David Price, who won the ALCS and World Series clinching games last year, also is a worthy choice. Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed only four runs in 22.1 postseason innings (1.61 ERA) last year, also should be in the running.

Sandy Leon worked as Sale’s personal catcher last year. But Christian Vazquez caught Sale’s first spring training start. Vazquez caught the first five innings before Leon replaced him in the sixth.

Sale broke down physically last year, spending two stints on the DL during the second half with shoulder inflammation. He hurled only 29 innings after the All-Star Break.

He pitched 4 2/3 innings or fewer in six of his seven starts, including postseason starts, after returning from the DL the second time Sept. 11. His 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS marked his longest start after returning.

Sale threw 97 mph in his first spring training start in 2017. The goal isn’t to throw hard at this point. It’s to stay durable for a full season, something he didn’t do his first two seasons with the Red Sox.