Chase Utley clears waivers and can now be traded to any team (if he gives his consent)

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has passed through revocable trade waivers and can now be offered up to any team, though the 36-year-old carries full no-trade protection via 10-and-5 rights and can veto a deal if it’s not to his liking. Utley has not said publicly whether he is open to leaving the Phillies.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported Monday morning that the Giants have been keeping tabs on Utley, and the Yankees, Angels, and Cubs are also thought to have some level of trade interest.

Utley is batting just .190/.262/.294 in 69 total games this season for the last-place Phillies, but he’s shown some signs of life offensively (5-for-13 with three doubles and three RBI) since returning late last week from a right ankle injury.

Utley is making $14 million this year. He will become a free agent in the fall.

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.