According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, the Pirates won their arbitration case against second baseman Neil Walker.
Walker, who was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter, will make $8 million this season. He requested a $9 million salary for 2015 when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, but the three-person panel of arbitrators decided in the Pirates’ favor even coming off the best season of Walker’s career. Still, it’s a nice raise from the $5.75 million he made in 2014.
Walker, 29, batted .271/.342/.467 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI across 137 games last season. He goes through arbitration four times as opposed to the usual three because he was a Super Two player, so the Pirates have him under team control through 2016.
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.