Dave Dombrowski says Tigers aren’t in active pursuit of free agent starters

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One week after it was reported that the Tigers “have to have” free agent right-hander Max Scherzer, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi wrote yesterday that James Shields’ agent, Page Odle, has been in “recent” contact with Detroit. It’s unclear if this was simply Odle trying to present Shields as a cheaper alternative than Scherzer or if the interest is mutual, but general manager Dave Dombrowski has since downplayed the report:

Dombrowski has done a heck of a job pretending that he’s not interested in starting pitching this winter. And after filling out his rotation with Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon, he can say that without looking completely crazy. However, there’s too much chatter here to suggest that he actually believes it.

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.