The Phillies option Domonic Brown to Triple-A

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Domonic Brown has been down in Triple-A Lehigh Valley on an injury rehab assignment. He has hit poorly on his assignment, but was eligible to come off the assignment today. Brown told reporters that he expected to be back in Philly when he did. Ryne Sandberg didn’t like it too much.

But whether it was based on his performance or on his comments, know that he will not be heading to Philadelphia. The Phillies just activated him and then optioned him to Triple-A.

Brown, who some people still talk about as if he’s some rising prospect for some reason, is 27-years-old and has 1,544 major league plate appearances. He was an All-Star who hit 27 homers in 2013, but regressed greatly last year and began this year on the DL with an achilles injury.

Now he’s in the minors again. While guys like Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur take hacks in Philly.

 

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.