Brewers’ new GM plans to keep Craig Counsell as manager

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David Stearns was officially announced as the Brewers’ new general manager this afternoon, replacing Doug Melvin in Milwaukee after previously serving as assistant general manager in Houston (in addition to several other prominent jobs across baseball).

In speaking to the local media Stearns made it clear that he plans to keep Craig Counsell on as manager, whereas many new GMs prefer to bring in their own choice for the job.

Counsell replaced Ron Roenicke a month into the season and the Brewers have a 56-68 record with him as manager, but he’s a fan favorite with tons of local ties and Stearns called having him as manager “an attractive part of the job.”

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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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.