Justin Morneau’s chase of NL batting crown takes hit with intercostal soreness

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Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau currently has a chance at his first career batting title, but his efforts took a hit last night when he was forced to exit a game against the Cardinals due to what was described as left side intercostal soreness.

Morneau went 0-for-3 before leaving in the sixth inning, which brought his average down to .315 for the year. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies are calling him day-to-day, but these type of injuries are tricky to treat and it’s difficult to pinpoint a recovery time.

Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 last night against the Cubs and now leads the National League with a .318 batting average. Morneau sits in second while Andrew McCutchen (.311), Buster Posey (.310,). and Ben Revere (.307) are within shouting distance.

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.