Phillies move Ben Revere to left field to make room for Odubel Herrera in center

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Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has officially moved Ben Revere to left field on a permanent basis, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. He added that Odubel Herrera, a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers, would likely be in center field on Opening Day.

The move comes somewhat in response to Domonic Brown’s Achilles injury, which will probably keep him out of the Opening Day lineup and may result in a stint on the disabled list. Additionally, Revere has shown subpar defensive skills in center field. Despite his speed, he has taken odd routes to fly balls and has arguably the weakest arm among all outfielders in the majors. Herrera has been a second baseman by trade, but has racked up a fair share of innings in the outfield this spring. He’s also batting .321 through 56 at-bats, so the Phillies wanted to keep his bat in the lineup.

With Revere in left and Herrera in center, Darin Ruf or Grady Sizemore will probably end up in right field for the Phillies on Opening Day.

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.