The Dodgers, scrambling for rotation help, will have reliever Jamey Wright start against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports. With Hyun-Jin Ryu still not healthy, it seems to be the pitching-thin Dodgers’ best option.
Wright, 39, has started just one game since the start of the 2008 season. He started for the Rays on September 1 last year and made it 1 2/3 innings into the start against the Athletics. Out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in 2014, he’s posted a 4.30 ERA with a 50/25 K/BB ratio in 67 innings.
The Dodgers lost to the Cubs this afternoon, temporarily shrinking their NL West lead over the Giants to three games. The Giants will oppose the Padres tonight.
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.