White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that he’d prefer if ace left-hander Chris Sale did not pitch in the All-Star game after throwing 115 pitches in a dominant outing Saturday, but apparently Royals/American League manager Ned Yost has since talked him into it.
During an interview with ESPN radio this morning Yost said that he “talked to Robin” and “I’m going to pitch him … he’s definitely going to pitch in the game.”
Whether that means Sale will start for the American League or be used as a reliever remains unclear, but Yost says the agreement with Ventura was for one inning at most.
Sale was chosen for his fourth consecutive All-Star game after logging 119 innings with a 2.72 ERA and league-high 157 strikeouts in the first half. He’s thrown at least 108 pitches in 13 straight starts.
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.