CC Sabathia throws for the first time since knee surgery

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Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia played catch this afternoon, throwing for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in mid-July.

Sabathia has now had a pair of stem cell treatments on his knee and is hoping to be healthy by spring training, but the 34-year-old former Cy Young winner is a major question mark at this point.

Before being shut down he posted a 5.28 ERA in 46 innings and dating back to last season Sabathia has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.

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.