Despite starting (out of position in left field) for the Giants during last year’s World Series-winning playoff run first baseman Travis Ishikawa began this season at Triple-A and now he’s been designated for assignment.
Ishikawa is off the 40-man roster and will either be traded or exposed to the waiver wire. He was off to a decent start at Triple-A, but the 31-year-old journeyman is a bit of a tweener in that his bat isn’t quite good enough to really be an asset at first base and his defense isn’t quite good enough to handle a corner outfield spot regularly.
He’s a career .259 hitter with a .719 OPS in 444 games as a big leaguer, including a .731 OPS in 47 games for the Giants last year.
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.