In a change of plans, MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles will start right-hander Bud Norris in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon at Comerica Park. Baltimore is up 2-0 in the series and can eliminate Detroit with another victory.
Miguel Gonzalez was originally lined up for Game 3 while Norris was expected to start Game 4 (if necessary) on Monday. No word yet on the reason for the change.
Norris, 29, went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 139/52 K/BB ratio over 165 1/3 innings during the regular season.
UPDATE: According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Gonzalez is fine physically and will start Game 4 on Monday if the series goes that far.
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.