The Dodgers will regain some stability at the back end of the bullpen on Saturday, as they’re expected to activate closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jansen underwent foot surgery in February and started the season on the disabled list. He made five rehab appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The Dodgers utilized a bullpen-by-committeee in Jansen’s absence, with Joel Peralta picking up three saves, Chris Hatcher two, and Yimi Garcia one.
Manager Don Mattingly said Jansen won’t immediately reclaim his role as closer, so the aforementioned trio should still get some save opportunities over the next week or two, but it shouldn’t be long before Jansen starts racking up the saves as usual. He finished the 2014 season with a 2.76 ERA with a 101/19 K/BB ratio and 44 saves in 65 1/3 innings.
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.