Giants pitcher Jake Peavy will make one more rehab start for Triple-A before rejoining the starting rotation, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports. Peavy hasn’t pitched since April 17 due to a back injury that had been bothering him even in spring training.
Teammate Matt Cain, dealing with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, is also one or two rehab starts away from rejoining the rotation. Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston could be jettisoned from the rotation in favor of Peavy and Cain.
Peavy, 34, had allowed eight runs in 7 2/3 innings in his only two starts this season. Cain has yet to pitch this season.
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.