Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was too sore after receiving a cortisone injection to throw today, but he hopes to do so before the weekend is out, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. Ryu, who has been out a week now, has been battling inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
Ryu’s 2014 season likely ends with a 14-7 record, a 3.38 ERA, and a 139/29 K/BB ratio in 152 innings across 26 starts. The lefty aims to rejoin the Dodgers in time for the post-season, but if he isn’t ready, the Dodgers may have to rely on Dan Haren behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
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.