The Braves announced a pair of roster moves this evening, with third baseman Chris Johnson going on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand fracture and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Johnson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he suffered the injury tonight on a slide into second base on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but the Braves could rely on a combination of Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin, and Kelly Johnson at third base during his absence. Johnson, 30, is batting .279 (12-for-43) with four doubles and five RBI over 16 games this season.
The Braves have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three bad starts, so Foltynewicz will take his place in the starting rotation tomorrow night against the Reds. Acquired from the Astros in the Evan Gattis deal over the winter, the 23-year-old had a 2.03 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 2/3 innings over his first four starts in Triple-A this season. He’s a hard-thrower with frontline potential if he can improve his control.
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.