David Price stepped on a bat and hurt his hamstring on Friday

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Tigers starter David Price left his start against the Royals in the seventh inning on Friday after he stepped on a bat while backing up home plate after an Alex Gordon single. MLB.com’s Jason Beck explains how it happened:

Plate umpire Alan Porter tossed Gordon’s bat out of the home-plate area to avoid any potential contact with Hosmer. At nearly the same time, Price was running to back up home and ended up where the bat landed. Replays showed Price stepped on the bat with his right foot, which then rolled with the bat behind him.

Price immediately hopped around in pain. He threw a few warmup pitches to test his leg, but he was in considerable discomfort, hunching over on the back of the mound. He left the game but stayed on the dugout bench, keeping weight off his right foot.

Price left the start having allowed five runs (four earned) on 13 hits and no walks while recording only one strikeout. After the game, manager Brad Ausmus said the injury had something to do with the hamstring, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Ausmus added that he was less concerned with the injury after the game than during the game. “Any injury is concerning,” Ausmus said. “Especially when you talk about the ace of your staff.”

Price will undergo further evaluation on Saturday which should provide some clarity as to whether or not the left-hander will miss any starts or go on the disabled list.

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.