Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has decided to undergo season-ending elbow “cleanup” surgery to remove multiple bone chips that have bothered him all season.
Several of Wilson’s teammates anonymously questioned his toughness and willingness to play through pain via the local media, but after pitching through discomfort for months he finally decided it was too much to continue down the stretch.
Wilson finishes the season with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts, giving him a 51-35 record and 3.87 ERA in 119 starts through four seasons of a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels. He’s under contract for $20 million in 2016 and is expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training.
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.