Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs broke out of a massive 1-for-37 slump on Saturday to lead the Reds past the Cubs. He finished with a single, a double and a home run, collecting two RBI and scoring two runs of his own in the 4-3 victory at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Stubbs, 25, got off to a rough start this season with a .572 OPS over 70 April at-bats. But a strong May and a few bursts of power in June and July put him at 11 home runs and 43 RBI at the All-Star break. Not bad for a rookie known mostly for his speed, and now he’s looking to finish the season strong.
The Reds boast a one-game lead in the National League Central over the heavily-favored Cardinals, who are just about to get underway against the Marlins. It’s going to be a fun final few months.
Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale is headed back to the 10-day disabled list, per an official announcement on Saturday. It appears Sale is still suffering from a bout of shoulder inflammation and will require a longer recovery period than initially expected. He was activated from the DL just last Sunday and pitched one start against the Orioles, after which the Red Sox had some concerns about sending him out for another start against the Rays this weekend. Though the team has not named a replacement starter for Sunday’s series finale, MLB.com’s Ian Browne speculates that Rick Porcello could get the nod in Sale’s place.
Sale, 29, looked sharp during his first outing off the disabled list, fanning 12 of 16 batters across five innings of one-hit ball and paving the way for Boston’s 4-1 win against Baltimore. It’s not clear exactly what aggravated the lefty’s condition this time around, nor how long the club expects to be without him, but the move is retroactive to Wednesday and it’s possible that he’ll be ready to handle another start by next Saturday, when the Red Sox are scheduled for a rematch against the Rays in Tampa Bay. Sale has posted exceptional numbers when healthy, decorating his seventh consecutive All-Star campaign with a 12-4 record in 23 starts and an NL-best 1.97 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and league-best 13.5 SO/9 through 146 innings.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Brandon Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. This will be the 30-year-old’s third stint in the majors this season. He’s looked even steadier at the major-league level than he did in Triple-A, with a cumulative 2.59 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 through his first 24 1/3 innings in 2018.