According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this afternoon that Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez are lined up to start Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS against the Royals. That’s assuming they aren’t needed in relief today. Both are available out of the bullpen after last night’s extra-inning loss.
Chen was hit hard in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers, giving up five runs on seven hits (including two home runs) over just 3 2/3 innings. Showalter ultimately chose Bud Norris over him to start Game 2 of the ALCS today. The 29-year-old southpaw had a 3.54 ERA and 136/35 K/BB ratio over 185 2/3 innings during the regular season.
Gonzalez is the fresh arm for the Orioles. He wasn’t needed in the ALDS, so he hasn’t pitched in a game since way back on September 28. That’s nearly two weeks ago. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.23 ERA and 111/51 K/BB ratio over 159 innings this season.
Game 3 of the ALCS will take place Monday in Kansas City, with Game 4 on Tuesday.
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.