As of last week the plan was for first baseman Matt Adams to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals shortly after September roster expansion, but he’s suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle.
Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Adams “felt some tightness in his left quadriceps” while going through drills at the Cardinals’ minor league complex in Florida. For now it’s viewed as a small setback, but Adams is running out of time to make it back for any regular season action and show that he’s worth having on the postseason roster.
Prior to the injury he hit just .243 with four homers and a .656 OPS in 43 games, but in 2013 and 2014 he posted an .800 OPS. In Adams’ absence the Cardinals have used Matt Reynolds as their primary first baseman, with underwhelming results.
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.