Josh Hamilton back in lineup after missing three games with ankle stiffness

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According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Josh Hamilton is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Athletics after missing the past three games with right ankle stiffness.

Hamilton told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that he began feeling symptoms when he woke up on Monday. He was diagnosed with inflammation following X-rays and an MRI and received a cortisone shot to deal with the pain. It has apparently done its job, as he’ll play right field and bat cleanup tonight.

Hamilton is batting just .223/.279/.409 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI through 92 games this season. His .688 OPS is lower than the likes of John Buck and Ben Revere.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.