Brewers GM Doug Melvin doesn’t expect to pursue James Shields

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When news surfaced that Yovani Gallardo was being traded to the Rangers, many speculated that this move would set the stage for the Brewers to make a run at free agent right-hander James Shields. However, it sounds like they have other plans.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said this afternoon that he doesn’t see the club pursuing Shields. For what it’s worth, he also said that he hasn’t heard that Jordan Zimmermann is available via trade from the Nationals.

Assuming Melvin stays true to his word and stands pat with his rotation, the Gallardo trade paves the way for Jimmy Nelson to get an extended opportunity. It’s not as exciting as Shields or Zimmermann, but it’s not such a terrible thing. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 4.93 ERA with a 57/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances last season. Shedding some of Gallardo’s salary (they’ll ultimately save $10 million) could also enable the Brewers to bring back Francisco Rodriguez or sign Rafael Soriano.

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.