A’s reliever Edward Mujica breaks thumb on line drive

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Right-hander Edward Mujica, whom the A’s recently acquired from the Red Sox, was struck on the hand by a line drive Thursday and suffered a broken right thumb.

Mujica actually managed to pick up the ball and make a throw to first base for the out, but the ball had blood on it from a cut on his hand and he immediately left the game. And now he’s headed to the disabled list.

Mujica fell out of favor in Boston after posting a 4.03 ERA in 75 appearances for the Red Sox since last season, but the A’s picked him up cheaply to fill a less prominent role and he tossed 5.1 scoreless innings before the injury.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.