Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration with a one-year contract

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros and utilityman Marwin Gonzalez have avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility with a one-year deal worth $1.0625 million. Gonzalez had filed for $1.4 million while the Astros came in at $900,000, so his salary comes in slightly below the midpoint.

Gonzalez, 26 in March, has played all over the place for the Astros, mostly at shortstop, third base, and second base. He can play the outfield in a pinch, however. The veteran of three years in the major leagues has compiled a .248/.291/.354 triple-slash line over 751 plate appearances.

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.