Right-hander Chase Anderson’s demotion to the minors was a brief one, as the Diamondbacks recalled him as the corresponding move to placing right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Hellickson tweaked his hamstring Monday, leaving his start after 5.1 innings with what was initially called a glute injury. After back-to-back disappointing seasons in Tampa Bay he’s shown some flashes of his old, Rookie of the Year-winning self, but ultimately Hellickson’s overall numbers (4.60 ERA, 107/37 K/BB ratio in 129) are the same mediocre numbers he had for the Rays.
Anderson has spent all year in Arizona’s rotation, starting 21 games with a 4.51 ERA, but he’s struggled of late by allowing 38 runs in 42 innings since mid-June. He’ll start in his old rotation spot Sunday, with Randall Delgado taking Hellickson’s spot Saturday.
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.