1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports that the Dodgers are expected to sign pitcher Scott Baker to a minor league deal, pending a physical. Baker was released by the Yankees on Sunday. He allowed nine runs on 14 hits with a 10/0 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League play this spring.
The Dodgers are light in terms of starting pitching depth as Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the season on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder. Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson also have spotty health histories. With that known, it’s understandable why the Dodgers will sign Baker and already have signed veteran Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal.
Baker made eight starts and 17 relief appearances for the Rangers last season, posting a 5.47 ERA with a 55/14 K/BB ratio over 80 2/3 innings. Coming up with the Twins, Baker always had a lot of promise, but could rarely stay healthy for an entire season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2012.
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.