The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Pavlovic noted earlier on Friday that the Giants are preparing Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Heston was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento last Friday as a means to limit his workload.
Cain, 30, made his season debut on July 2 after missing the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain his right arm. In 10 starts spanning 52 2/3 innings, the right-hander compiled a 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio.
Heston, 27, went to the minors after posting a 3.34 ERA with a 110/48 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings spanning 24 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.