Sonny Gray takes liner off of ankle, but is expected to make his next start

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Athletics starter Sonny Gray took a liner off of his right ankle in the bottom of the fourth inning and had to leave after completing the fifth. Gray held the Rays scoreless on four hits and no walks while striking out four.

X-rays came back negative. Manager Bob Melvin doesn’t expect Gray to miss his next scheduled start on Friday against the Yankees, MLB.com’s Troy Provost-Heron reports. That’s good news for the A’s, as Gray owns a 5-2 record with a superb 1.77 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 61/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

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.