Houston’s rotation depth just took a hit, as right-hander Scott Feldman will miss the remainder of the season with a sprained shoulder.
Feldman has been a solid mid-rotation starter since signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Astros as a free agent two offseasons ago, logging a total of 289 innings with a 3.80 ERA.
Thankfully for the Astros their rotation has improved so much since the signing that Feldman seemed unlikely to make a playoff start for them anyway. They still have Dallas Keuchel, Scott Kazmir, Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, and Lance McCullers to rely on.
Feldman is under contract for $8 million next season.
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.