What did a breakout season in which he posted a .807 OPS earn outfielder Seth Smith? A ticket out of San Diego. The Padres completely revamped their outfield, trading for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton in rapid-fire succession, relegating Smith — and Cameron Maybin and Will Venable — to the bench.
It was obvious that the Padres would have to trade some of their surplus outfield depth, and Smith knew that. The 32-year-old told Bob Dutton of The News Tribune he was paying attention to everything the Padres were doing and “put two and two together”, so the trade with the Mariners was no surprise. The Padres received right-hander Brandon Maurer in exchange.
In Seattle, Smith will likely platoon with Justin Ruggiano in right field. Smith took 455 of 521 plate appearances against right-handed pitching with the Padres last season, which helps explain his productive year.
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.