As of today it’s been exactly one month since Justin Verlander left a spring training start with a triceps strain and there’s still no timetable for his return from the first disabled list stint of his career.
Repeatedly called a minor injury by both Verlander and the team, it’s bad enough that he hasn’t thrown since cutting short a bullpen session 10 days ago due to “fatigue.”
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Verlander is wearing a compression sleeve on his arm “to try to promote healing” and “won’t throw until he’s not only pain-free, but free of soreness.”
And because he’s been out for so long, a minor-league rehab assignment will almost surely be required before Verlander can reasonably be expected to start games for the Tigers. In other words: It’s going to be a while.
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.